CLEVER kids in South Tyneside are heading to one of the country’s most prestigious universities after number crunching their way to the finals of a national maths competition.
A team of Year 6 students at Mortimer Primary School have made it through to the final stages of the National Young Mathematicians’ Awards.
Tomorrow, Scott Morrow, Sara Terry, Ben Pennock and Charlotte Allan, will travel to Cambridge University to see if they can take the winner’s crown.
Geoff Seagrove, headteacher of the school, in Mortimer Road, South Shields, said: “We are extremely proud of our young mathematicians on reaching the final of such a prestigious competition.
“They are a credit to our school and we wish them well in the final.”
The 11-year-olds, who are all members of their school’s maths club which is ran by maths co-ordinator Fiona Herbert, are just one of five teams who have made it through finals.
In total, 1,400 schools entered the challenge, which is now in its fifth year.
The first two rounds, which involved a regional knockout stage, were held at the Explore Learning Centre, in Riverside Road, Sunderland, last month
Mr Seagrove was delighted that his pupils were the first-ever team from the region to make the finals, with judges impressed at the way in which the children worked together.
Mr Seagrove said: “The organisers and judges acknowledged that we are the first team ever from the North East to make it to the finals.
“They were particularly impressed how the children worked as a team, listened carefully to each other and gelled really well which meant they completed the tasks exceptionally effectively. They were also very impressed with the children’s ability to find an additional relationship in the answers.”