West Norfolk family of prodigies celebrate results
A West Norfolk family of child prodigies is celebrating academic success for three of their five children this week.
The Bin-Suhayl family from Marshland St James have seen their children achieve exam success in their A-levels - one of them was only 12-years-old.
Proud parents Sohale Rahman and his wife Tomasina Contu have also seen their eldest son, Yousuf, graduate from York university aged just 19 - three years earlier than usual.
He achieved a second class honours degree in chemistry, but is now looking to do a masters in something completely different - sports journalism.
On Thursday the couple’s second son Ibraheem, 16, achieved an A in his A-level physics and he also earned two AS levels. They, added with an A* in maths A-level achieved in 2016 and an A* in chemistry and a B in biology last year, have earned him a university place.
He is off to King’s London to study neuroscience next month.
Sohale, who has home-schooled the children, said he and Tomasina are not nervous to see their son head off to the capital to further his studies at such a young age.
“He is very familiar with London, we have a lot of family and friends there he can call on. He is just excited to be studying neuroscience, his ambition is to make blind people see,” said Sohale.
Ibraheem’s younger brothers Ieysaa,13, and Moosaa, 12, were also celebrating A-level success.
Ieysaa, who is the current county junior chess champion, picked up a B in chemistry and a C in physics to go with the A* in maths he achieved last year.
While Moosaa gained an Ain maths, Sohale said he planned to retake the exam next year as he is disappointed not to have got the A* his brothers have all achieved.
Not to be left out the boys’ little sister Maryam is already showing signs of academic success.
The 10-year-old achieved a Level 7 in her maths GCSE last year, but she is having a year off from exams this year and will be taking more GCSEs next summer.
Sohale said: “We are proud of all our children.
“They have worked very hard to achieve their results but they would not have been able to do it without the dynamism and support of the Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech.
“They allowed the boys to join their sixth form science classes which enabled them to take the exams. Without access to the labs and the teaching they would not have been able to achieve as they have.”