Young mathematicians problem solve their way to the top at Primary Maths Challenge

This week (Tuesday 19 March), St George's Junior School celebrated outstanding results in a prestigious national Mathematics competition, the Primary Maths Challenge. 

In November, over 68,000 pupils entered the preliminary round by trying to answer 25 fiendish questions using problem solving skills and lateral thinking. At the Junior School, all of the pupils in Year 6 were entered in to the competition, along with a number of pupils from Year 5 in order to give them a first experience of the challenge.

St George's was delighted that this year a record 13 pupils qualified for the national final ‘Bonus Round’, placing them in the top 5% of young mathematicians in the country. In February, the finalists completed the 'Bonus Round' paper, which again featured 25 questions, but at a more challenging level, designed to stretch some of the brightest mathematicians. The children had to score 15 correct answers to achieve a bronze award, 18 to achieve a silver and 21 or more to achieve a gold award. 

The results achieved by the finalists were the best on record at St George’s, with five pupils achieving bronze awards and two, Harvey Smith and Yuvan Raja, securing silver awards. The Maths Department at the Junior School was truly delighted that our top performer, Lucas Stephenson, was presented the top award, a gold, placing him in the top 167 results nationally – a truly outstanding achievement! 

The future looks bright for these young mathematicians at St George’s as all twelve Year 6 finalists will be taking up their places at St George’s College this September.

20 March 2018

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