Triumps for grammar school maths students

Prize-winning maths students at Wisbech Grammar School.
Prize-winning maths students at Wisbech Grammar School.

Number-crunching youngsters at Wisbech Grammar School have figured their way to a top-class triumph in the national senior maths challenge contest.

The calculating students rattled through the numerical teasers, grabbing a total of 38 awards, including three gold, 11 silver and 24 bronze certificates and beating the previous record of 35 achieved in the years 2000 and 2012.

The best in school award went to Ross Titmarsh (16), with a score of 89 out of 125, and he was closely followed by Oscar Gray (15) on 88, whose score was very high for a year 11 student in a contest basically designed for sixth form students.

The top score in the upper sixth was gained by Edward Tunnard (17), with 84.

These high scores notched up by Ross and Oscar have now qualified them for the Senior Kangaroo, which is even more testing than the national challenge.

Head of maths Geoff Howes said: “Well done to all the students, because they tackled the challenge with a very positive attitude. These competitions are extremely valuable for students as they have to apply their maths skills to unusual but interesting situations. It is very rewarding to hear the pupils enthusiastically discussing the problems afterwards.

“Last year four sixth form students left Wisbech Grammar School to study mathematics at university and doing well in these competitions certainly helps their applications to enter the top universities.”