A TWELVE-year-old West Norfolk boy is jumping for joy after becoming one of the youngest people in the country to gain an A* in A-level maths.
Yousuf bin-Suhayl, from Marshland St James was among thousands of young people to get their A-level results on Thursday.
But despite the nervous wait for the brown envelope Yousuf was all smiles when he opened it to find he had not only obtained the top grade but had also scored a perfect 100% in one of the six modules.
The home-educated youngster had previously achieved a maximum A grade at AS-level in maths following on from the GCSE maths he gained with an A* pass at the age of nine.
And Yousuf, who is the eldest of Sohale Rahman and his wife Tomasina Contu’s five children, is not the only member of the family to be excelling in exams at an early age.
His younger brother, Ibraheem (9), also sat two AS-level modules - achieving 93 per cent in one and 70 per cent in the other and he is awaiting tomorrow (Thursday) for his GCSE results.
Ibraheem has previously achieved a grade B in GCSE maths at the tender age of seven. Sohale and Tomasina made the decision to educate all five of their children - they also have two other sons Ieysaa (7) and Moosaa (5) and daughter Maryam (3) - after deciding it was the best way of ensuring their off-spring achieve their full potential.
Both parents admit it is a huge commitment but said the children were happy, confident youngsters who enjoy a huge array of activities and are members of various clubs.
In fact both Yousuf and Ibraheem represent Norfolk in county chess competitions.
“It is hard work, but our children are the single most important thing and it is just a question of prioritising your time,” explained Tomasina, who said all the children have attended nursery school and also reception year at school.
Maryam is currently at nursery school.
Sohale said they enjoy teaching their children and helping them to learn. He paid tribute to the support given by Wisbech Grammar School, which allowed Yousuf to attend A-level maths lessons free of charge.
He said Yousuf is hoping to study maths at degree level, but will be taking it at a more steady pace while he also learns a variety of other subjects including Italian, English, history, physics and chemistry.
Abigail Lambert, of Lynn Road, Wisbech, gained 100 per cent in English and Law, securing A* grades, and achieved an A in Biology after completing studies at the College of West Anglia, King’s Lynn campus. Abigail, who is the youngest daughter of Michael and Shirley Lambert, has been accepted to study Law at Norwich University - as part of her degree she will study for a year in America.