A-level child star Anne-Marie passes on her secrets
PUBLISHED: 18:22 20 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:14 22 September 2010
A CHILD prodigy who passed an A-level aged 11 has returned to her roots to help others achieve similar feats.
Anne-Marie Imafidon, who gained an E in computing while at Woodford County High, High Road, Woodford Green, has completed a master’s degree in mathematics and computer science at Oxford University and wanted to give something back to the community.
Anne-Marie, 21, is working with support group Excellence in Education which helps children reach their learning potential and has taken 11-year-old Sarah Ezeemo, who attends Glenarm College, Coventry Road, Ilford under her wing.
She has mentored Sarah to a C grade GCSE in mathematics and the youngster has been flooded with offers from senior schools wanting to take her on.
Sarah said: “I read a story about Anne-Marie a few years ago and I wanted to try and be like her.
“It was so exciting to work with her and she gave me lots of useful tips and advice which made learning fun.
“Under her guidance the maths syllabus became easier and easier and now I can’t wait to get started on A-levels.”
As well as mentoring, Anne-Marie is working in web design and technology and also advising on women’s issues in magazines.
She spoke of the importance of education and insisted anyone is capable of attaining impressive grades if they put their mind to it.
She said: “It is important to remember learning is accessible to everyone and you don’t have to be from the most well off family to get a good education.
“When I was younger I didn’t realise how unusual my achievements were because to me, exams were just a few questions on a paper which I sat down and answered the best I could.
“Even now I would say it wasn’t rocket science and I think everyone has the potential to be extraordinary.
“My advice to pupils is to work hard and never panic if you don’t understand something at first.”