Emerson Park Academy students pass genius society Mensa’s entry exam with flying colours

PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 October 2017

Molly Townsend, Daniel Bannock and Jessica Veal from Emerson Park Academy who got the maximum marks in their MENSA testing

Molly Townsend, Daniel Bannock and Jessica Veal from Emerson Park Academy who got the maximum marks in their MENSA testing


Four Emerson Park schoolchildren were amazed to discover this week that they were among the world’s cleverest 2pc and being invited to join Mensa.

When the results were counted, 26 of the 99 pupils the Emerson Park Academy had enrolled for the prestigious organisation’s application tests were invited to join.

And even more impressively, three Year 8 students and one Year 7 from the Wych Elm Road school earned one of world’s the rarest accolades by scoring maximum marks in the entry exam.

Mensa is the world’s largest and oldest high IQ society.

Jack Pomfrett, Jessica Veal, Molly Townsend and Daniel Bannock are all 12 and were all thrilled to discover they had not dropped a single mark while taking their tests.

Jessica, whose favourite subjects are English and science, said: “I was shocked, because I didn’t really think that I was going to get full marks.

“I was really surprised when I got the letter but when I told my mum she was really, really pleased.”

And Molly was also ecstatic.

The history loving genius-in-waiting told the Recorder: “To be honest I was shocked by how well I did because I didn’t even find the questions that hard.

“I will definitely be joining Mensa now, and my parents are really happy.”

Daniel, who prefers cooking and art, described himself as “more creative” and revealed that his parents were also amazed when they got news of his outstanding achievement.

He said: “I’m really proud – my mum keeps telling me I might be the next Albert Einstein, but I’m not sure about that.”

And Tracy Oldland, co-ordinator of Emerson Park Academy’s More Able team, said the results proved the school would always strive for the best for its gifted students.

She said: “They are a real credit to us and it’s really valuable because here at Emerson Park we always try to stretch our most able students.

“We really want them to know that we believe in them, we want them to extend their aspirations and see just how much they can achieve.”


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