Students go to top of the class in maths

Maths champions.
Maths champions.

Students at a Ripley school have scooped an impressive haul of awards in a national mathematics competition.

Mill Hill pupils Phoebe Taylor and Roman White, both 13, won silver in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Junior Maths Challenge.

Bronze awards went to Leah Caddick, Max Blagg, Conlan Smith, also 13, and 12-year-olds Joe Meeks, Ben Payne, Charlie Batterbee, Chelsea Waldron and Emma Walters.

The competition is a national event, which 
involves answering 25 
multiple choice questions in one hour and is sat in school under normal exam conditions.

Laura Parrett, maths teacher at the Pease Hill school, said all the students had excelled themselves.

She said: “This is the first time we have entered this competition and we were very pleased that 22 of our students chose to enter.

“The challenge sees only 40 per cent of the national participants achieve an award.”

However, the students at Mill Hill performed outstandingly, with 46 per cent of our entrants receiving an award. It’s definitely something we would like to do again.

“Phoebe Taylor also had the best score in school and her face just lit up when we gave her

the good news.”

Phoebe, 13, said she was thrilled to have achieved the top score in school.

She said: “Maths is one of my favourite subjects, I really enjoy it. I decided to enter the

competition because I thought it would be a challenge and something different. I did find the

questions tough. I thought I had done ok so when I found out I had the best score in school I

was really pleased.”