For one of our Young Achievers, we chatted with Max Claridge. Not only is Max a Junior Peppard News Editor, and one of our school team captains, he is also amazing at maths! Whilst in Year 6 (aged 11) he was supposed to sit his GCSE. Because all GCSEs were cancelled this year, he did a mock GCSE maths exam instead and got a grade 8 (which is awesome because the highest mark you can get is a 9!).
Max also sat the 11+ exam for Reading Boys School and was successful in getting a place. He said ‘the 11+ exam was easier than the GCSE. I was quite nervous doing the exam because I really wanted to go to Reading Boys so I really wanted to do well.’
Unfortunately, Covid meant that the exam had to be rearranged which Max was disappointed about because he really wanted to get it over and done with.
Max is very excited about going to secondary school but is also quite nervous as he doesn’t know anyone else going. He says he will miss his friends and teachers and playing on the common but, that being said, he is ready for the next step.
Good luck Max – we will miss you!
Amber Kriefman, Junior Editor