Joe, 12, is brighter than Einstein!

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A 12-year-old boy from Raunds has proved he is top of the class after scoring an incredible 162 in the Mensa IQ test.

The result puts him in the top one per cent of the population of the UK.

Raunds, MENSA boy: 12 year old, Joseph Lee.'13/09/13

Raunds, MENSA boy: 12 year old, Joseph Lee.'13/09/13

Joe Lee, who studies at Kimbolton School, in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, said he was delighted to get his results back.

He said: “I was really surprised, and really happy, and I didn’t expect to get that score.

“I was hoping for a score of 140, 150, something like that, but I wasn’t expecting anything higher than that, I was over the moon.”

His Mensa test results put him ahead of geniuses such as Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, both with an IQ of 160. The average person has an IQ of 100.

Raunds, MENSA boy: 12 year old, Joseph Lee.'13/09/13

Raunds, MENSA boy: 12 year old, Joseph Lee.'13/09/13

He said: “I wouldn’t say I enjoy the exams, but I have got used to it.

“We have exams and tests at school throughout the year so I have got used to taking them.”

Joe also has another reason to celebrate after earning a GCSE in maths, a subject which he says he particularly enjoys.

The Year 8 student was entered for GCSE Maths this year and scored a top A* grade, several years before most people take their GCSE exams.

Joe said: “I was very happy with my grade. I enjoy maths a lot, but I also like other subjects.

“I like English as well, I enjoy looking at the words and working with them.”

Speaking after the results were released, headteacher of Kimbolton school, Jonathan Belbin, said Joe is exceptional at maths.

He said: “Joe demonstrated an exceptionally advanced level of maths when he joined us last September.

“He is now following an individual pathway to ensure that he remains stretched in maths, while still fully participating in everything else that the school has to offer.”

Joe said he is enjoying his time in school, and is looking forward to trying a course in Further Mathematics in the future.

Currently, he sits in class with pupils in the same year as him, but he is set his own work to help him progress further.

His dad Ivan said he is very proud of his son for his Mensa results and his recent success at GCSE level.

He said: “I am very, very proud of Joe. When I heard he had scored 162 I had to go onto the internet and search what it actually meant.

“It’s great and I am proud.”

Joe said he is excited to receive his Mensa membership and is looking forward to going to some of the society’s meetings to meet some interesting people.

As well as being talented in the classroom, he is also a top sportsman.

He has been doing the martial art of Taekwondo since he was five-years-old and is now a black belt, second dan.