PUPILS in King’s Ely Junior achieved a number of successes in the national Junior Maths Challenge 2016.

Over 240,000 pupils from across the UK participated in this year’s challenge, with roughly the top 6% receiving a gold certificate, 13% achieving silver and 21% gaining bronze.

A total of 50 students in Years 7 and 8 at King’s Ely Junior took part in the competition in April and the marks have just come in – 40 of the pupils achieved a certificate; eight gained gold, 15 received silver and another 12 achieved bronze awards. That means that 80% of the students who sat the test achieved at least a bronze.

Eleanor MacGillivray, who is currently in Year 7, was best in school and she qualified for the Junior Mathematical Olympiad. Out of all the entries, around 1,200 of the highest scorers in the competition are invited to participate in this round, which means that Eleanor was one of the top 0.5% nationally. She will have to sit a two-hour paper on June 14.

Three King’s Ely Junior pupils qualified for the Junior Kangaroo, for students who obtained very high scores in the Junior Maths Challenge but didn’t quite qualify for the Olympiad. Matthew Danes, Thomas Kim and Jose Alarcon Garcia Ramos will sit the Junior Kangaroo challenge, which also takes place on June 14.

Audrienne Bezzina, Head of KS3 Mathematics at King’s Ely Junior, commented: “We are thrilled with this year’s result and wish all four of our young mathematicians the best of luck on June 14.”

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