Ten-year-old 'over the moon' at his GCSE in astronomy
A ten-year-old boy who dreams of working for Nasa is "over the moon" after achieving a B grade in GCSE astronomy.
Monty Rix, from St Austell in Cornwall, is believed to be the youngest person ever to study the subject, having sat the exam six years early.
He devoted two hours each week to learning about the stars while in Year Five at Pondhu Primary School.
Monty, who hopes to join NASA, the European Space Agency or follow in the footsteps of Professor Brian Cox, will begin his final year at the school in September.
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Experts at the Roseland Observatory near St Stephen spent ten months preparing Monty for his exam, which he took at Launceston College.
"I am over the moon," Monty said. "It is absolutely brilliant.
"The exam hall was a bit scary, but I just put my head down and got on with it.
"Astronomy is just so fascinating. There is always something new and exciting happening. Even this week, scientists in Chile saw a star being born 1,400 light years away."
Monty became interested in astronomy "as soon as he could stand". He was inspired by his father Simon, 42, who has a degree in astronomy and physics from UCL.
He started attending sessions at the Roseland Observatory and quickly became passionate about learning about the subject.
Liberal Democrat Cornwall councillor Mr Rix said: "Monty is so keen, he finds it very exciting and likes the intellectual challenge.
"The exam wasn't easy, it is hardly a dumbed-down subject.
"If it was a clear night, he would go out and look at the stars and if it wasn't he would be inside learning from books."
He added: "He is the youngest person to get a GCSE in astronomy and is thrilled."
Another young success was Fowey Community College student Chloe Dobbs, age 13, who achieved an A* in GCSE mathematics.
Chloe began studying for the exam a year earlier – aged just 12 – while in Year 8, alongside students two years older than her.
Chloe said: "I am really pleased I got the A* because if it had been an A, I would have wanted to retake it."