Doing the math

A pupil from New Hall Prep School has been recognised as one of the best young mathematicians in the UK

Amy Johnson, age 11, from New Hall Preparatory School has been presented with a silver medal award by The Mathematical Association in this year’s Primary Mathematics Challenge. 

The first stage of the challenge took place in November when Amy, along with 60 other New Hall pupils in years five and six, competed alongside 80,000 children across the country. Scoring highly on the first round, many of the New Hall pupils were presented with first round gold, silver and bronze certificates. Successfully answering over 90 percent of a variety of multiple choice mathematics problems, Amy joined the top 1 percent highest scorers who were invited to take part in the bonus round in February. Amy was one of 530 pupils to win an award in that round.

Claire Jackson, head of mathematics at New Hall, said: “We are all extremely proud that Amy has won a silver medal award. It is such an achievement to receive recognition for mathematical ability on a national scale. All of the children at the school enjoyed taking part in the challenge and, most importantly, it shows them that mathematics can be fun.”

Lesley Jones from The Mathematical Association added: “We would like to offer our congratulations to Amy Johnson and all of the pupils who participated. We received a large number of entries 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.”

The next Primary Mathematics Challenge takes place in November. Other winners and sample questions can be found on the Primary Mathematics Challenge page at

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