Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It All Adds Up for Whizzkid Thomas

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It All Adds Up for Whizzkid Thomas

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A MATHS whizzkid has become the youngest person ever to bag an A* GCSE grade - nine years earlier than most students take their exams.

Seven-year-old Thomas Barnes, from Leigh, was awarded the grade in maths after taking an exam with students more than twice his age.

Thomas, who lives at home with mum Angela, dad Simon and three- yearold sister Ellie, sat the paper at Westleigh High School in June.

Thomas has had a knack for numbers from a young age and shows potential in a number of other subjects. The youngster, who also loves science, now plans to study physics and chemistry.

Angela and Simon teach Thomas from home to ensure he is constantly challenged and doesn't get bored.

Simon, 41, said "We are very proud of Thomas, the future is bright for him. He has done this on his own, with only our help. He loves science and has a natural ability for maths. …

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