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The sky's the limit for astronomy star Sebastian

Sebastian Carrington

A young Mensa member who is already making his mark as a talented musician has proved he has more than one string to his bow – by becoming the youngest person to ever pass astronomy GCSE.

But eight-year-old Sebastian Carrington, from Leicestershire, was not satisfied with just passing the exam this summer – he achieved a grade A.

His mum Denise said: “We've had it confirmed by Edexcel exam board that Sebastian is definitely the youngest to have passed the exam at the age of eight years old.”

Sebastian, who joined Mensa on his fourth birthday, was accepted into the junior section of the Birmingham Conservatoire at the age of six – again, the youngest to ever do so.

He has passed his grade six piano exam with distinction and names Mozart amongst his favourite composers.

Sebastian is home-educated and spent an hour a week on his GCSE course for about a year, rising to an hour a day just before the exam.

He also attended weekly sessions in Rugby so he could do coursework which could be independently moderated, before taking the exam at the North Leamington School, in Warwickshire.

He said: “I have had a fascination with space and astronomy for as long as I can remember. I have always been interested in looking at the stars and the planets."

Away from music and astronomy, Sebastian said his hobbies were playing with Lego and swimming.