Sam Kershaw from Charlton Primary School in Wantage has been presented with a Bronze Award by The Mathematical Association after posting one of the top scores in the 2017 Primary Mathematics Challenge (PMC). The prestigious honour demonstrates Sam’s achievement as one of the best young mathematicians in the UK.
The first stage of the challenge took place in November 2016 when Sam (aged 11) competed alongside 63,000 children across the country. Successfully answering a variety of multiple choice mathematics problems, Sam was amongst the highest scorers who were then invited to take part in the PMC Bonus Round in February 2017.
Sam rose to the challenge and was one of 849 pupils to win an award in the Bonus Round.
Speaking of Sam’s success, Mrs Chris Walters, PMC co-ordinator at Charlton School said: “We are all extremely proud that Sam has won a Bronze award. It is such an achievement to receive recognition for mathematical ability on a national scale”. Head Teacher, Mr Steve Rose, said, “We are always looking to enrich our curriculum. All of the children at the school enjoyed taking part in the Challenge and most importantly, it shows them that maths can be fun.”
Lesley Jones from The Mathematical Association added: “We would like to offer our congratulations to Sam and all of the pupils that participated. We received a large number of entries from Charlton Primary School which reflects a real appetite for solving maths problems and puzzles. We always try to make the questions interesting and accessible, while giving pupils an opportunity to apply fundamental maths skills. It is great to be able to acknowledge brilliant young minds in the UK and nurture the future mathematicians.”