Three-year-old girl applies to join Mensa
A three-year-old girl is on the verge of becoming one of the youngest members of Mensa, the high-intelligence society, after scored an IQ of 140 in tests.
Saffron Pledger is the daughter of an eight-times champion of Countdown, the television game show.
Danny Pledger, a 23-year-old web designer, said his daughter had learned her alphabet by watching him on the programme.
She has now taken an IQ test which is in the process of final accreditation by Mensa. If her score of 140 is accepted she will become one of the society's youngest members.
Despite her tender years, Saffron can write, read stories, count up to 50 and even do simple mathematics - all before attending a single lesson at school.
Her IQ score of 140 is 40 points higher than the national average.
Saffron, whose favourite things are the children’s character Peppa Pig and ham and cheese sandwiches, said: “I am only a little girl but I’m very pleased to be have passed these tests, even if they were quite hard.
“When I grow up I would like to play with toys all day. I am going to school soon and I will paint and draw and run around.”
Mr Pledger said: “I don’t know where Saffron gets her intelligence from, we have just encouraged everything she had done that is clever.
“She likes watching Countdown with me, that’s helped her learned the letters. She can spot very simple words on there.
“She’s very competitive, I will say I’ve got a seven-letter word and she will say she’s got an eight.
“Hopefully one day she will go on the show herself and do better than I did.”
Saffron’s mother Kirstie Pledger, 23, a clothing designer, said her daughter said her first word - “beer” - before she had learned to sit up and at 18 months she was saying full sentences.
Mrs Pledger said: “She was slow developing her mobility skills but vocally was very advanced.
“When we took her for her two-and-a-half-year check, the health visitor said she was off the chart and it went up to five years old.
“She suggested taking her to an educational psychologist to get her IQ tested and it came back at 140 - much, much higher than me. They suggested we contact Mensa.”
If accepted, Saffron will become one of the youngest people ever to join Mensa.
In October 2009, Elise Tan Roberts from London joined Mensa, aged just two years and four months.
A spokesman for Mensa said Saffron’s test would be judged by their in-house psychologist within the next two weeks