Search

Holloway 10-year-old disappointed at not getting GCSE star marks

16:00 30 August 2014

Xavier Stuart-Samaroo, ten, achieves an A in his GCSEs on maths.

Xavier Stuart-Samaroo, ten, achieves an A in his GCSEs on maths.

Archant

But Xavier still earns A in maths... and he’s back in class

Support your community by viewing your local businesses

Please wait

You will be able to read the article in 5 seconds

Thank you for supporting your local community

You may now read the article

Xavier Stuart-Samaroo, ten, achieves an A in his GCSEs on maths.Xavier Stuart-Samaroo, ten, achieves an A in his GCSEs on maths.

While thousands of 16-year-olds across the country were relieved to get a C grade in their GCSE maths exam last week, a 10-year-old Holloway boy was disappointed to miss out on an A*.

Xavier Stuart-Samaroo, who is just about to enter Year 6 at St Peter and St Paul Roman Catholic School in Compton Street, Finsbury studied the GCSE curriculum for just one year with help from his father, YouTube videos and text books.

Challenge

He found out last Wednesday that he’d got an A, and is already back in the library working towards his AS-level qualification, which he plans to take next year. “I thought I would do better,” said Xavier, “I wanted to get an A*, that’s what I’m aiming for in my AS-level now.

“It started when I was really young – my dad used to give me lots of work sheets and they just kept getting harder and harder.

“I did about four hours work after school every day and I had to bring my own work in because school doesn’t challenge me. The other children think I’m a show-off.”

It’s not just his classmates that are perplexed by his passion for maths, invigilators and other candidates couldn’t believe it when they were told 4ft 4in Xavier was taking the same exam as them.

“The invigilators thought it was me who was taking the exam when we first walked in,” said Xavier’s father Anthony Samaroo. “I have to go with him because he’s not old enough to be left on his own.”

The primary school pupil was even helping his older rivals out before the test.

“I had to teach them in the waiting room at the exam centre,” said Xavier.

“The first one was really easy, I finished it with about an hour and a quarter left.

“My dad was teasing me saying that I was going to have to re-take because I had gotten a B, but he was joking.”

Xavier, an Arsenal fan who plays football and has recently joined an athletics club, spends the rest of his spare time reading the likes of Harry Potter and the Young Bond and Young Sherlock Holmes series. He is now hoping to work towards taking his English and science GCSE exams early.

n For full coverage of the borough’s GCSE results turn to pages 11 to 15.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:13
Islington's mayor Cllr Theresa Debono turns on the Highbury Christmas lights with Cllr Caroline Russell Pic: Dieter Perry

Dozens of people braved the chilly weather to see the Christmas lights switched on in Highbury Barn.

Yesterday, 13:04
Christmas jumpers on display at the winter wonderland extravaganza

More than 300 people enjoyed lights decorations, music food and even snow at a special Winter Wonderland.

Yesterday, 12:30
Police officers and council members collect all presents from the Christmas tree project at Islington Town Hall

Generous Islington residents splashed their hard earned cash to buy more than 230 gifts for children who might not otherwise get a present this Christmas.

Yesterday, 09:52
New tenants Anne, Mary and Peter celebrate moving into the Leigh Road council housing

A brand new £2.6million housing block is helping some of Islington’s most vulnerable people live closer to their families.

Most read news

And we were all invited to the happy couple’s big day!

And they have a role to play in saving their species.

Twinkle, twinkle you little stars – thanks for making your homes so festive.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition