27/08/2014 08:04 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Boy, 7, Is Youngest Ever A* GCSE Student

Thomas with his dad Simon, mum Angela and sister Ellie. Pic: MEN

A seven-year-old boy has become the youngest person ever to be awarded an A* for a GCSE.

Thomas Barnes, from Leigh, Greater Manchester, gained the grade in GCSE maths, after taking the exams nine years earlier than most pupils.

The clever cookie, who is home-schooled and lives with his parents, Simon and Angela, and three-year-old sister, Ellie, also loves science and now plans to study physics and chemistry.

Understandably, Thomas's parents are bursting with pride at his achievement. His dad Simon, 41, admitted he was overcome with emotion after hearing the news.

He told the Manchester Evening News: "I must admit when I heard, the bottom lip started going. You try and keep it together as a dad, and put on a bit of a poker face, but I was just so proud.

"I started thinking about my dad as well, who died four years ago, and how chuffed he would have been.

"It's just amazing. To think he'll be on Wikipedia and things like that. It's incredible really. We're all over the moon.

"We are very proud of Thomas, the future is bright for him. He has done this on his own, with only our help.

"Other than that, he's a normal kid who plays video games."

Congratulations, Thomas!

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