Wellington School Maths Challenge

05 Dec 2016

Pencils and brains were sharpened on Saturday as the Wellington School Maths Challenge once again attracted huge numbers of children. Over 170 students from 44 primary schools took part in the Challenge and enjoyed the competitive spirit. The winner in this hotly contested competition was Wembdon St George’s Primary School, whose team of 4 beat off all other contenders for the prize.

Now in its twenty first year, this annual event is aimed at children aged 10 or 11 from schools across Devon and Somerset. Schools are invited to enter a team of four pupils who work together to solve 25 questions in one hour. Their problem solving skills are put to the test with a range of tasks which are based on principles from across mathematics.

“We were delighted to see so many enthusiastic and talented mathematicians working together and pitting their wits against each other. This event has grown over the 21 years we have been running it and it is always good to see new schools joining in”, commented Peter Buckingham, Head of Maths at Wellington School. “These young mathematicians have impressed us all with their enthusiasm. They have successfully solved problems by working together and sharing their methods”.

The winners took home books, puzzles and the satisfaction of having risen to the challenge.

Joint second place were Kingsbury Episcopi Primary School and Combe St Nicholas Primary School and in third place was Creech St Michael Primary School.

Special prizes for the first estimating task went to Milverton Primary School, Hambridge School and Rockwell Green Primary School.

Photo: Winners Wembdon St George’s Primary School with Headmaster Henry Price and Head of Maths, Peter Buckingham