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NAWN1106103. Maths students at High School.  Wetherby  High School maths students Holland Mailey(14), Harry Merckel (12), Oliver Wilkinson(12) and Jessica Cheung(14). 1106103AM
NAWN1106103. Maths students at High School. Wetherby High School maths students Holland Mailey(14), Harry Merckel (12), Oliver Wilkinson(12) and Jessica Cheung(14). 1106103AM

FOUR star mathematicians at a Wetherby school have reached the finals of the UK’s premier national maths competition.

The pupils, all from Wetherby High School, will be entering the UK National Maths Challenge, being held next week, Monday June 20, in London, having beaten more than twenty five schools in the region to get to the finals.

Maths Teacher Matthew Brown said: “To reach the finals of this competition the students have to be extremely able and talented at maths, including the skills of problem solving and mathematical ability. I am really proud of the students here and if we can come in the top 20 in the finals, we will have done very well indeed.”

The maths whizzes, all key stage three pupils at the school in year nine and seven, say they enjoy maths and that it is their favourite subject.

Year nine maths pupil Jessica Chung, who moved to the UK from Hong Kong earlier this year, has even sat her GCSE maths two years early- hoping to get an A* in the subject this summer.

She said: “Maths is my favourite subject and I think I got a good grounding in it back home in Hong Kong where the maths lessons were much harder. I love maths and it is a great subject to learn.”

More than 1,500 teams from across the country entered the challenge with only around 90 teams reaching the final.

The competition is designed for extremely able mathematicians aged 11-14 and is the most challenging and prestigious event in mathematics to be held in the UK.

sarah.dawson@ypn.co.uk