Maths whizzes take maths exams three years early

Maths buffs from Durham Chorister School, who have been successful in exams normally taken by students many years older than themselves
Maths buffs from Durham Chorister School, who have been successful in exams normally taken by students many years older than themselves
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WHIZZ-KIDS are proving that brain power plus hard work adds up to big success.

Pupils at a Durham City school are proving themselves top of the class at maths by taking an external exam three years early.

The foundation tier international GCSE exam is usually taken by 15 or 16-year-olds, but a dozen Year 8 pupils at the Chorister School are ready to have a go now.

“They are aged between 12 and 13,” said deputy head and head of mathematics Linda Lawrence.

“Most have brought themselves up to this standard so early by volunteering for extra tuition and exercises.

“It shows a great deal of determination, commitment and hard work on their behalf.

“The international GCSE is more like the old O-level because there is no coursework, just two two-hour examinations.

“There are no second chances or opportunities to resit.”

Mrs Lawrence said the pupils’ achievement showed the Durham school is about a lot more than just singing.

“The school is called the Chorister School,” she added.

“Although people may not be aware singing is just one activity which a relatively small number of our 220 or so pupils take part in.

“We are lucky in that we have a number of academically able pupils, but the school provides the opportunity for all children to make the most of their time here.”