Maths adds up for these whizz-kids

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Top-scoring teenagers at Wisbech Grammar School have measured up to the mental challenge posed by the Intermediate Maths Challenge contest.

In the competition staged by the University of Leeds, which is open to boys and girls in years nine, ten and 11, the Grammar School students grabbed six gold, 20 silver and 25 bronze awards and the best in school prize went jointly to Joanna Slipper (15) and Elliot Young (15), who both notched up a grand total of 83 marks out of a possible 125.

Gold and silver maths challenge winners at Wisbech Grammar. ANL-140404-142809001

Gold and silver maths challenge winners at Wisbech Grammar. ANL-140404-142809001

Head of mathematics Geoff Howes said: “This is an excellent competition, as it really tests pupils’ ability to think and to solve a wide variety of mathematical problems.

“Last year we had four pupils who left the school after obtaining A grades in A Level mathematics to take this subject or engineering at university, including one student who is now reading maths at Leeds. I am sure this competition helped to inspire them.”