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Boy, 15, wins place at Cambridge

A boy of 15 who has never been to school has become the youngest student for more than two centuries to win a place at Cambridge University.

Arran Fernandez, who was educated at home by his father, Neil, will start a mathematics degree at Fitzwilliam College next month.

It will make him the youngest Cambridge student since 14-year-old William Pitt the Younger studied there in 1773, reports the Daily Mail.

"I am excited about going to Cambridge but I am used to making records about being the youngest in education," said Arran who became the youngest to get a GSCE at five years old.

But because of his age he will not be able to join in many of the alcohol-fuelled festivities traditionally associated with Freshers' Week.

"I don't feel like I'm missing out on much," he insisted. "Even if I was 18, I wouldn't want to go out drinking."

Arran, who plans to join the bird-watching society instead and go punting on the Cam while at university, was offered the place at Cambridge on condition he gained an A-level in physics, which he achieved with an A* grade.

He had already gained a grade A in further maths last year and an A in maths in 2008. Cambridge also asked him to sit three GCSEs in subjects which were not related to maths and physics. He gained A*s in English literature and French and an A in English language.

Arran's degree course, which is called a tripos at Cambridge University, is widely considered to be one of the hardest in the world. Former scholars include Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking.

Arran and his father will live in a rented house in Cambridge. His mother Hilde will stay at the family home in Surrey and see her son on weekends and in holidays.

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Posted in: News on September 5, 2010 @ 5:19 PM

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