Bluecoat Wollaton Academy named finalists in National Young Mathematicians’ Awards

Pupils from Bluecoat Wollaton Academy – L-R: Ansh Desai, Genevieve Acton-Phillips and Tawheed Amjad

The results are in! After weeks of battling it out to become the best young mathematicians in the country, the top ten schools have been revealed!  Teams of primary and secondary school children took part in regional heats and semi-finals up and down the country to see who knew the most when it comes to arithmetic and angles, prime numbers and pythagoras, equations and equilaterals!  They were set problem solving tasks and the five highest scoring primary schools and secondary schools will now take part in the grand finale on Wednesday 9th January where they will meet maths guru and University Challenge legend, Bobby Seagull!

The five primary school finalists are:

  •     Boughton Leigh Junior School in Rugby – Jeremy, Elanor Warren, Tobi Akinbo and Lily Smith.
  •     St George’s Weybridge – Felix Clune, Som Shah, Adam Franks and Yuvan Raja
  •     Elvetham Heath Primary School in Fleet – George Allman, Zac Allin, Hannah Bristow and Katja Landskroon
  •     Rothersthorpe C of E Primary School in Northampton – Joshua Hamilton, Tinashe Mpenzi, Henry Hewitt, Ruby Finch
  •     Nelson Primary School in Twickenham – Alina Callendar, Laith Read, Lottie Philips and Henry Jungi

And the five secondary school finalists are:

  • Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby – Ittu Phago, Leo Siby, Pritesh Mistry and Adam Marlow
  • John Hampden Grammar School, High Wycombe – Jake Butterfield, Jake Lawson, Will Harmer, Harrison Carter
  • Bluecoat Wollaton Academy, Nottingham – Ansh Desai, Bethany Easton, Tawheed Amjad, Genevieve Acton-Phillips
  • St John’s on the Hill, Chepstow – Ffion Hillman, Anna Boyle, Wilfred Green, Aidan Kitching
  • Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, Altrincham – Alex Volkovoy, Gautham Ravisankar, Yevan Malmuthuge, Ibrahim Jamal

The National Young Mathematicians’ Awards, organised by tuition provider, Explore Learning and NRICH at the University of Cambridge, is in it’s ninth year and attracted a record number of entries this year – in excess of 1200!

Charlotte Gater, Head of Curriculum at Explore Learning says: “We had the highest number of entries this year and so the 10 teams who have made it to the grand final have done incredibly well to not only beat their neighbouring schools but also to get the highest scores in the country.

“We can’t wait to see the excitement of the grand final on the 9th January where the youngsters will display their amazing array of maths skills.  Good luck to them all!”

The grand final on the 9th January at the University of Cambridge will involve the five primary and secondary school teams competing one last time against one another to be crowned the National Young Mathematicians of the Year by Explore Learning and TV presenter, author and University Challenge legend, Bobby Seagull!

Bobby Seagull says: “I’m really pleased to be the ambassador for this year’s National Young Mathematicians’ Awards. Maths is in my blood and I’m thrilled to be able to inspire the next generation who might one day study at the University of Cambridge themselves – and perhaps appear on University Challenge! Maths is such an integral part of our everyday lives and having competitions like this really encourages children to see the importance of it and excitement that it can bring. I can’t wait to celebrate the children’s success with them.”

Not only will this year’s winners be crowed the best young mathematicians in the country, the two winning teams and eight runners up will receive prizes from Meccano, Letts Revision, i-Top and Sum Fun.

The full list of prizes includes:

For runners up:

  • Meccano 5 Model Set – Roadster, with pull back motor and 174 parts to build worth £14.99
  • An i-Top each – the next generation of electronic spinning game worth £14.99
  • Sum Fun games
  • Book bundle from Letts Revision worth £60

For the winners:

  • Tipped as one of the hottest toys for Christmas, BOXER from Spin Master is your real robot pal, worth £79.99.   BOXER is a tiny interactive AI robot buddy filled with technology, fun games, and a lively personality.  It includes touch sensors, game activating feature cards and remote control!
  • An i-Top each – the next generation of electronic spinning game worth £14.99
  • Sum Fun games
  • Book bundle from Letts Revision worth £60

Schools can enter for 2019 via:

Explore Learning is an award-winning provider of extra tuition for children aged four to 14 with 141 centres located across the UK, taking a unique and personalised approach to maths and English tuition.  Since 2001 over 200,000 children have excelled academically, reached their potential and achieved the best possible results with Explore Learning.  They are unwavering in their mission to develop a generation of fearless learners; children who will excel in the classroom, be confident in exams and fearless in school and beyond.

For more information on the awards and to register a team please visit: or speak to a member of the team on 01483 447410.