Our “Little Big Shot”

Gifted five-year-old Mason Bennett – who has recently started at our school in Prep II –  has had a taste of the showbiz lifestyle – and he likes it!

 Mason will be appearing on new ITV show ‘Little Big Shots’ hosted by Dawn French on Wednesday 15th March. The premise of the show is to celebrate talented children, showcasing their skills in the name of fun – there are no judges, no prizes, and no winners or losers. The focus of this show is simply to celebrate these talented youngsters.

 Mason was invited to appear on the show after producers discovered he is one of the youngest members of MENSA, the ‘largest and oldest high IQ society in the world’. The show was filmed in October at Elstree Studios, where Mason took naturally to the role of TV star, taking everything in his stride and enjoying the showbiz lifestyle.

 “He totally loved the whole experience”, said Craig, Mason’s Dad. “Everybody at Wall to Wall (who make the show) were amazing. I think what people will get from the show is how Mason is just a normal five year old, with a brilliant personality.”

 At four years old Mason’s parents Craig and Suzanne decided to test his intelligence. They contacted Potential Plus, a charity for gifted children, and Mason completed a series of tests over six hours. The results showed that his maths IQ is 160+, with an overall IQ of 150. Let’s put this into context  – the average IQ score is 100, with scores above 140 being classed as ‘genius’!

 Mason’s achievements are even more extraordinary considering that at just six months old he contracted meningitis – not once, but twice! Mason’s parents are not surprisingly, very keen supporters of the work of registered charity, Meningitis Now. For more information please go to https://www.meningitisnow.org

 Tune in to ITV on Wednesday 15th March at 8pm, to see Mason’s talent and personality shine!

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