Bridgewater Pupil Excels in National Maths Challenge

10th March 2020

Eleven year old Bhargav from Worsley in Greater Manchester has received a prestigious award by The Mathematical Association for his performance in this year’s Primary Mathematics Challenge (PMC), demonstrating his achievement as one of the best young mathematicians in the country.

The Year 6 pupil from Bridgewater School took part in the first stage of the challenge in November 2019 alongside 66,500 other children from across the UK. Successfully answering a variety of multiple choice mathematics problems, Bhargav joined the highest scorers who were invited to take part in the PMC Bonus Round in February 2020 where he rose to the challenge, becoming one of only 1,590 pupils to win an award.

Speaking of the pupil’s success, Mrs Davies, Maths Co-ordinator at Bridgewater, said: “We are all extremely proud that Bhargav 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.”

Katherine Milner, Chair of the PMC committee, on behalf of the Mathematical Association added: “We would like to offer our congratulations to Bhargav 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. Feedback made reference to how interesting, entertaining, relevant and imaginative the questions were. Other comments mentioned how excited and ‘buzzing’ the children were following the challenge with many conversations about particular questions spilling over into the playground and classroom.”

Mrs. Davies hopes that Bhargav’s success will inspire many younger budding mathematicians at Bridgewater School to enter the competition in the years to come.
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