St Cedd’s School pupils achieve top scores in national mathematics challenge

Year 6 pupils Henry Childs and James Plaw achieved an impressive Gold Medal in this year’s Junior Maths Challenge which is run by the UK Mathematics Trust and supported by the institute and Faculty of Actuaries. 

Over 270,000 pupils from across the UK sat the Junior Maths Challenge, which is aimed at children in Years 7, 8 and 9, with roughly the top 6% receiving a Gold certificate, the next 13% Silver and the next 21% Bronze. 

Approximately 9,200 of the top students are invited to sit a follow-on competition, the Junior Mathematical Olympiad or Kangaroo, and St Cedd’s School’s Year 6 pupils were just four marks away from qualifying for the next round.

Rachel Greenhalgh, UKMT Executive Director, says: “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 St Cedd’s School on their success in the Junior Maths Challenge; it is great to see achievement in mathematics recognised.”

Mr Matthew Clarke, Head of St Cedd’s School on New London Road in Chelmsford, says: “I am delighted that the high academic standards that the children reach at the School are being recognised on a national stage in competitions which are aimed at children who are, in some cases, four years older than our pupils. We are very proud of all the children in Years 5 and 6 who enter the Junior Maths Challenge and offer huge congratulations to James and Henry for their excellent results.”

For further information, visit www.ukmt.org.uk.