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More than 100 budding maths champions from Years 7 and 8 at Hanham Woods Academy have earned a series of medals in the national Junior Maths Challenge.

Hanham Woods’ 125 students enjoyed a won nine golds, 24 silvers and 35 bronzes. Top performer in Year 7 was Hayden Champion and top performer in Year 8 was Harrison Price.

Josh Hocking, Head of Maths at Hanham Woods, had the tough task of selecting students for the one-hour maths challenge in the academy’s main hall.

The Junior Mathematical Challenge is a 60-minute, multiple-choice challenge. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluencyin using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. The problems on the Junior Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think. Most are accessible, yet can still challenge those with more experience.

The UK Mathematics Trust was founded in 1996 and its charitable aim is to advance the education of young people in the subject.

The charity does this by working with hundreds of volunteers across the UK to organise competitions which promote problem-solving and teamwork and other mathematical enrichment activities.

Josh said, “The challenge is an excellent enrichment opportunity to stretch our mathematicians beyond their day-to-day curriculum. The Maths Team and I are absolutely delighted to see our students achieve the best results in the school’s history for the second year in a row.”