Pupils show they have a fine head for figures

STUDENTS took on the world in a quickfire mental arithmetic challenge.

Falling in the same week as World Book Day, which often allows pupils to dress up for the occasion and often receives a higher visual profile, the mathematicians deserve some of the limelight too.

To mark World Maths Day, pupils from Years seven to 11 at Todmorden High School competed against students from around the globe in the online challenge which involved answering as many questions as possible within a time limit.

More than a million students in 191 countries took part and each one received a certificate of achievement.

Year seven pupil Chelsea Schofield was the high school’s best performer, scoring 735 points.

Ian Wroe, head of maths, was impressed with the excitement and enthusiasm generated by the students.

“I saw, and heard, students enjoying their maths challenges throughout the day,” he said.

“They enjoyed the competitive element of the challenge, and they were able to chart their progress and success after each round of questions.”

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