Twins youngest to sit A level maths: Seven-year-old twins have today (THURS) become the youngest ever students to pass A-level exams
Peter and Paula Imafidon both passed A level maths despite being at primary school and having had just three years of formal education. The twins from east London sat the exams, which are normally taken by 18-year-olds, 11 years ahead of the curriculum. They said that they had found lessons with their peers boring. They said: “Sometimes at school, the teacher goes a bit too slow for us, but we just encourage and help our friends if they get stuck instead.” A spokesman for the family said they were “overwhelmed” with the results, but would not reveal their exact grades. He said: “They both passed well. It was not down to any pressure from their parents, the children just like adding up and playing with numbers. They are both really happy with what’s happened.” At six, Peter and Paula became some of the youngest children to pass GCSE’s. They managed G grades in statistics. went one better in maths with an F, getting another G. They attend a state school in Waltham Forest, but were given extra lessons at a centre run by the Excellence in Education group. Three years ago their sister Samantha passed GCSEs in maths and statistics, with D and C grades respectively at the age of seven. At the time she was believed to be the youngest child to pass two GCSEs in one sitting. Peter Dunn, a spokesperson for the International Gateway for Gifted Youth based at the University of Warwick, said: “Often gifted young people can feel isolated but will prosper when given more opportunities to meet and interact with other gifted young people in situations in which they can both socialise and learn.” In 1981 Ruth Lawrence entered the record books by achieving a grade A in her Pure Mathematics A-level when she was only nine-years-old. By the age of 13 she became the youngest British person ever to earn a first-class degree and the youngest known graduate of Oxford University. Last summer a nine-year-old March Boedihardjo became the youngest child to gain two A-grade A levels in maths and further maths. March was given a place to study at Hong Kong Baptist University.