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William Alvey Pupil achieves high scores

in national mathematics challenge


Matthew Springer from Sleaford has been presented with a silver award by The Mathematical Association in this year’s Primary Mathematics Challenge (PMC). The prestigious honour demonstrates his achievement as one of the best young mathematicians in the UK.


The first stage of the challenge took place in November 2016 when the William Alvey School pupil competed alongside 63,000 children across the country. Successfully answering a variety of multiple choice mathematics problems, Matthew in Year 5, joined the highest scorers who were invited to take part in the PMC Bonus Round in February 2017.


Matthew rose to the challenge and was one of 849 pupils to win an award in the Bonus Round.


Speaking of the pupil’s success Mrs Lesley Browning, Deputy Headteacher said: “We are all extremely proud that Matthew has won a Silver 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 maths can be fun.”


Lesley Jones from The Mathematical Association added: “We would like to offer our congratulations to Matthew and all of the pupils that 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.”

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