Young Einstein sweeps board

WATCH out Carol Vorderman! Felixstowe has new contender for your crown – and he's only 11.Robert Craig, a year six pupil at Grange primary school, has amazed teachers by picking up the school's highest ever mark in a maths SAT exam.

WATCH out Carol Vorderman!

Felixstowe has new contender for your crown – and he's only 11.

Robert Craig, a year six pupil at Grange primary school, has amazed teachers by picking up the school's highest ever mark in a maths SAT exam.

Brainy Robert's incredible score of 96 per cent may be the highest the county has ever seen.


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Deputy head teacher Martin Hine said: "The boy is a genius! His score is miles above anything we have ever seen at this school, and well above what he would've needed to gain a pass at this level.

"I think it may well be the best in Suffolk."

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Robert, of Euston Road, also reached level five - the highest possible level - in his English and Science exams.

Mum Sheryl said: "We are just so proud of him. He's always done well at school and enjoyed maths but when he came home and told me he had got the highest ever mark I didn't really believe him!

"It was only when I saw his report I realised how well he had done."

Mrs Craig continued: "We always encourage him with his work but never force him to do it if he doesn't want to. If the school set him extra work it's totally up to him whether or not he does it.

"I have no worries if he wants to go out and play football instead."

Robert's success even prompted Mr Hine to write a letter to Deben High to prepare them for his arrival. It said: "Please note that Robert Craig's maths SATs score is the highest we have ever seen. He is a gifted and talented genius who will undoubtedly take his talents to university and beyond."

Robert, who enjoyed his final day at Grange Primary last week , will be moving up to Deben High in September, but he already has his sights set on the world of work and hopes, one day, to become either a stockbroker or a footballer.

He said: "I was really happy when I got my report and found out how well I'd done. Maths is my favourite subject but I didn't expect to do this well."

Example questions from a level 3-5 maths SATs paper:

1) Parveen buys three small bags of peanuts. She gives the shopkeeper £2 and gets 80p change. What is the cost in pence of one bag of peanuts?

2) Eggs are put in trays of 12. The trays are packed in boxes. Each box contains 180 eggs. How many trays are in each box?

3) Seeds are £1.45 for a packet. Steffan has £10 to spend on seeds. What is the greatest number of packets he can buy?

4) Calculate 7/8 of 5000.

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