BBC cameras focus on Wrexham maths genius Cameron

Reporter:

Garth ApThomas

MATHS marvel Cameron Thompson is to be the subject of a BBC television documentary.

Cameron, 14, from Rossett, will be featured on the programme, The Growing Pains Of A Teenage Genius, which has been made for BBC Three.

Having already passed maths at GCSE and A-level with flying colours, Cameron is now taking an Open University degree in pure maths.

In July Cameron was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, which can cause difficulties in some social situations, but the TV documentary will show Cameron is just like any other ordinary teenager.

However, he also has an incredible ability with maths.

Cameron’s father, Dr Rod Thompson, said his family are determined that as well as flourishing academically they are making sure his emotional and social needs are also nurtured so he can grow to be a well balanced young man.

“We don’t want him to be robbed of a childhood.

“He has a social life, he likes things like Dr Who and going to the cinema,” said Dr Thompson.

The programme makers filmed the family for about five months. Initially the plan was to feature a number of gifted teenagers from around the country, but then the decision was made to concentrate on Cameron.

Dr Thompson said: “They heard about us from a newspaper article. They were filming our ordinary lives and we were impressed with them, the director was very good and everyone was respectful. Cameron is his own person and clearly loves maths.”

Dr Thompson said he is due to see a screening of the documentary in the next few weeks. It was featured at the Edinburgh Television Festival last month.

Cameron could achieve his honours degree with the Open University by the time he is 16.

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