Robin Crosby, 14, goes to English Martyrs school, Leicester, and says summer schools for gifted children have changed his life.
"I studied researching health and disease at York, and English at Canterbury. It's increased my vocabulary greatly, and it's really paying off now I'm in Year 9 and doing Sats. I didn't used to take part in class discussions, but now I know I can influence people by what I say, so I do."
His father is unemployed and his mother, Anne, teaches adults part-time. "Our income is very low," she says, "but we got full support without any problems."
Because of demand, the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth now restricts students to just one camp.