Gifted Northampton teenager takes three GCSEs aged 13 - and gets nothing less than an A

Cerys Cooksammy-Parnell, is celebrating again having obtained three GCSE A grades taken at just 13 years of age.
Cerys Cooksammy-Parnell, is celebrating again having obtained three GCSE A grades taken at just 13 years of age.

An extraordinary Northampton teenager who hit the headlines aged 11 for an impressive IQ score has done it again - taking three A grade GCSEs at just 13.

Northampton High School pupil Cerys Cooksammy-Parnell, achieved an IQ score of 162 when she sat the MENSA test at just 11 years of age.

But now she is celebrating again having obtained three GCSE A grades taken at just 13 years of age.

Remarkably her dad, Dean Parnell, claims the talented teen took only 12 weeks of home tutoring to achieve the grades almost any 16-year-old would be thrilled with

Clutching her results Cerys said: “Trying to prepare for three GCSEs in 12 weeks outside of school has not been easy but it has been an enjoyable journey.

“I would work during the evening and at weekends and I really got into the subjects. “I did past papers, watched relevant Youtube videos, went through loads of flashcards and I would have a couple of quizzes each week.

“Whilse it might sound odd, it was a lot of fun and the hard work has now paid off”.

It is believed that Cerys could be the youngest child in the UK to have sat GCSEs in both law and psychology this year.

She decided to sit the exams after a legal debate with her dad, who is a partner at Sydney Mitchell solicitors.

Following on from the argument, and in order for dad to prove his point, he agreed to teach Cerys GCSE law within 12 weeks.

However, they then decided to also prepare for GCSEs in psychology and general studies.

Mr Parnell said, “It has not been easy but the commitment that Cerys has given to her GCSEs has made all of the difference.

“I would also like to thank Bosworth Independent College who allowed Cerys to sit the exams as an external student – they have been fantastic”.

Cerys is now considering taking A levels in both law and psychology in her own time again.