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BWH pupil gets top score for UK Junior Maths Challenge

Natalie Brown (13) of Blessed William Howard Catholic High School has been awarded the Gold medal in the recent UK National Junior Maths Challenge. Gold is awarded to pupils whose scores fall into the top 6% of all Year 7 and Year 8 entries in the UK. Natalie’s score put her in the top 3.6% and means she qualifies for the UK Junior Olympiad later this month.

Over 250,000 pupils have taken part in the competition from around 3,700 schools. From these, only 1200 are selected for the next phase of the competition, The Junior Olympiad.

The Junior Maths Challenge is run by the UK Mathematics Trust and encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using techniques to solve problems. It is aimed at Year 7 and 8 age pupils throughout the UK.

Daniella Horton (11) was awarded Silver, along with Best in Year 7 in the school.

In total 25 Blessed William Howard pupils were awarded a certificate - 8 Silver, 16 Bronze and Natalie’s Gold. Only the highest scoring 40% of candidates are awarded certificates.

The test was a series of 25 challenging questions that had to be answered under exam conditions within 1 hour and without a calculator.

“I am delighted with this result. Our pupils have really done us proud and these skills are so important to modern life. Mathematics controls more aspects of the modern world than people realise – from I-pods to cash machines, production processes in engineering and investment strategies. Congratulations to all who took part.” commented Phil Smith, Headteacher.

 Year 7 and 8 winners of Junior Maths Challenge