I mean people who claim or really try hard to give this impression they’ve never got below 80% in any exam or test they’ve ever sat (bullshit), and then really rubbing it in by basically implying ‘I didn’t do much work, I’m just naturally very clever’ (also bullshit, a lot of the time). I think there’s actually a slight intention of wanting to ridicule anyone who isn’t part of a ‘gifted and talented’ scheme but still wants to put the effort in and do well for themselves. I get this sense from other people sometimes that you have to ‘know your place’ and not over-achieve.
I mean I actually did get mostly As and A*s in my GCSEs but I worked bloody fucking hard for it. That doesn’t mean I’m stupid necessarily, although sometimes I feel like I’m made to feel that way by some people. Or at least I very much did at school.