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Maths whizzes go for gold in national competition
12 Aug 2016
by Simon Alton

Maths whizzes at a Shrewsbury school are celebrating their success in a national competition.

Three of Prestfelde School’s pupils achieved a gold in the Junior Maths Challenge, putting them in the top six per cent of children across the country.

And two have even been invited to sit a follow-on competition, the Junior Maths Kangaroo, which will be completed by only 6,500 students out of the quarter of a million who took part in the initial part of the challenge.

Prestfelde’s results also saw 11 children picking up a silver award and eight a bronze.

Nikki Outram, joint curriculum co-ordinator for maths, said: “This really was an excellent year for Prestfelde’s young mathematicians.

“For the first time, two of our Year 7 students were invited to the next round which was excellent recognition of their considerable maths ability – we are eagerly awaiting their results.”

The challenge is run by the UK Mathematics Trust and is aimed at students in Years 7 and 8, who take the test within their own school.

UKMT 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.

“Many congratulations to Prestfelde School on their success in the Junior Maths Challenge; it is great to see achievement in mathematics recognised.”

For more information about Prestfelde School, a co-educational preparatory school in Shrewsbury, visit the website at http://www.prestfelde.co.uk or call 01743 245400.

ylan Tyack and Sushant Amarnath, the two Year 7 gold winners.

ylan Tyack and Sushant Amarnath, the two Year 7 gold winners.