Child Genius


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Sherwyn Sarabi is not like other children – he is a genius.

At the age of just four-years-old, the Rastrick Independent school pupil has the same IQ as some of the greatest minds in history.

Scoring a perfect 160 on his latest IQ test ranks him amongst the elite, and reaffirms his right to a position in MENSA, which he joined at the age of three.

Sherwyn, from Royston, Barnsley, has always been an extremely fast developer and could read and count to 200 on his second birthday. Moreover, he could name countries from their flags, planets in the solar system, and parts of the body and internal organs.

Beginning school two years early, the pupil is already studying work for eight and nine-year-olds, whilst children of his age are still waiting to begin their education.

Last month the young mastermind’s IQ was tested by consultant educational psychologist Dr Peter Congdon, who was astounded by the results of the youngster.

In his report, he said: “Sherwyn has a very superior level of intelligence, he is incredibly gifted and his vocabulary is out of this world.

“His intellect reaches the highest possible levels of reason and when he talks to you he has the social skills of a much older child.

“His mental age is measured at eight years and nine months, more than twice his actual age. It is very unusual for a child to have this type of intelligence; he came out at the very top on the tests.

“I specialise in specially gifted children but when I tested Sherwyn I knew I had come across something very special.”

Sherwyn’s ‘superior’ score of 160 is identical to that of Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates, as well as being the same as what Albert Einstein’s is believed to have been.

GIFTED: Sherwyn has been attending Rastrick Independent School for the past 12 months, pictured here with headteacher Mrs Susan Vaughey

GIFTED: Sherwyn has been attending Rastrick Independent School for the past 12 months, pictured here with headteacher Mrs Susan Vaughey

His parents, Davoud and Amanda Sarabi, are ‘extremely proud’ of their son adding that he has the potential to do whatever he wants.

“Every parent thinks their child is special so for the first few months I didn’t even mention it to anyone,” Mrs Sarabi said. “It was after about 18 months that we knew he was really special and he was developing so much faster than other children his age.

“He questions everything and I do my best to answer his questions to the best of my knowledge.”

Mr Sarabi added: “I am so proud of Sherwyn and we are a very happy family. Obviously with a child like Sherwyn he requires a lot of attention and we have had to put a lot of effort into seeing that his full potential is met.”

Mrs Susan Vaughey, Headteacher and owner of Rastrick Independent School, said she welcomed the pupil with open arms.

“When Sherwyn first came to the school he was clearly gifted but his actual understanding of information was not necessarily there, obviously because he was only three.

“That is one of the main things he has been developing here and it is great to see; he is beginning to understand more of what he reads, rather than just seeing the words.

“Perhaps most pleasing as well is to see how far he has come in his personal development, he is a lot more interactive with other pupils and his enthusiasm at the school is fantastic.”

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