Somerset pupils have brilliant success in UK Maths Challenge

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 July 2017

Hugh Sexey Middle School pupils with their awards from the Junior Maths Challenge.

Hugh Sexey Middle School pupils with their awards from the Junior Maths Challenge.


Pupils at a Somerset middle school have excelled in a maths challenge, with some ranking in the top one per cent nationally.

Students from Hugh Sexey Middle School, in Blackford Road, Blackford, went head-to-head with more than 250,000 youngsters from across the UK in the Junior Maths Challenge.

The year seven and eight pupils put their maths skills to the test in the UK-wide exams.

Twenty-five students were presented with gold, silver and bronze awards for their efforts.

Three pupils have been invited to participate in the Junior Maths Olympiad after scoring in the top 0.005 per cent.

Another nine students have also been invited to enter the Junior Kangaroo exams.

The competition is organised by the UK Mathematics Trust, a charity which aims to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics.

The competition’s executive director, Rachel Greenhalgh, said: “The maths challenges provide material to provoke students’ mathematical thinking and test their problem solving skills in an accessible and yet challenging way.”

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