A 12-year-old from Finmere has scored 162 on an IQ test –putting him ahead of Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Prof Stephen Hawking, who are reported to score 160.
Miles Hermon, who attends Royal Latin School in Buckingham, achieved the highest score possible for under 18s, putting him in the top one per cent of the population. He said: “It was really hard and had lots of questions which made you think a lot. IQ is not really how clever you are, it is more how well your brain works.”
No-one was more surprised than Miles’ parents, James Hermon and Siobhan Harris. Mrs Harris-Hermon said she had ‘no idea’ Miles was so clever. She added: “You think of people with high IQs to be a bit geeky but he is just really normal. He goes to Scouts, plays tennis and enjoys swimming. I am really, really pleased for him. I think it is nice that he is proud to be clever.” Miles hopes to be a Lego architect when he leaves school because he likes “drawing and visualising buildings”.
Headteacher David Hudson said 39 out of 80 students passed the test, organised to develop intellectual curiosity and build self-confidence.
He added: “Miles has made an excellent start at the Latin and his high Mensa score will mean we will ensure our expectations of him are particularly high! He will be able to make the most of the gifted and talented opportunities that are available across those subjects in which he particularly excels.”