Maths challenge for pupils

Thirsk School maths challenge
Thirsk School maths challenge

Earlier this year, 15 pupils selected from Years Seven and Eight of Thirsk High School & Sixth Form College, along with Year Five and Six pupils from local primary schools, including Carlton Miniott, Pickhill, Sowerby, South Kilvington, Thirsk Community and Topcliffe, took part in the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Junior Maths Challenge.

It was a whole day event that involved fun, maths related tasks, which the students completed in small groups.

The pupils seemed to really enjoy the experience, especially the murder mystery task.

The day ended with the pupils in exam conditions for one hour to answer the questions of the Junior Maths Challenge.

Gold, silver and bronze certificates are awarded to 40 per cent of participants nationally and the most successful participants are invited to enter follow-on rounds which require full written answers.

Unfortunately, no one made it through to the next round but there were still some excellent results.

Tim Durkin, Topcliffe Primary, Aidan Tulloch, Year 7, Ethan Coleman, Year 7, Sam Walker, Year 8 and Luke Williams, Year 8, all received Gold certificates, with Aidan and Luke being best in year for years 7 and 8, respectively.

Krystian Bober, Year 8, received a Silver certificate and Luke Brownlee, Year 7, Matt Mason, Year 8, Daniel Mason, Year 8 and Alex Denton, Year 8 all received Bronze certificates.

A spokesman for the school said: “This was a fantastic outcome and hopefully next year pupils will try and top this.”