The rise of children joining high-IQ society Mensa

The number of under-11s joining high-IQ society British Mensa has risen by more than half, from below 200 five years ago to 319 this year. Overall, the number of children joining has risen from 1,344 to 1,956. The BBC reports.

They have to pass a test Mensa says puts them in the top 2% of the population.

And a number of British Asian children have made global headlines after the Indian media has picked up on their success.

Jiya, 11, says: “When I went into the room to do the test… I looked around and everyone was so much older than me.

“When the test came, I did my best and it turned out I did pretty good.”

Mensa’s gifted child consultant and psychologist, Lyn Kendall, says potential can be spotted when a child starts at their playgroup.

“These children are driven to learn,” she says. “Finding like-minds, meeting with other children as bright as them is absolutely essential for their social development.”

The Heathland School, in Hounslow, west London, is believed to hold the record for getting the most children into Mensa in one sitting – 56.

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