Young South Shields number crunchers impress at Cambridge maths competition

Mortimer Primary School pupils Scott Morrow, Sara Terry, Ben Pennock and Charlotte Allan are going to Cambridge to take part in the National Young Mathemathician Award
Mortimer Primary School pupils Scott Morrow, Sara Terry, Ben Pennock and Charlotte Allan are going to Cambridge to take part in the National Young Mathemathician Award

A TEAM of young number crunchers from South Tyneside have earned runners-up spot in a national maths competition.

Ben Pennock, 11, Scott Morrow, 11, Sara Terry, 10 and Charlotte Allan, 11, from Mortimer Primary School, in Mortimer Road, South Shields, competed in the National Young Mathematicians’ Awards at the University of Cambridge.

The year six pupils fought off competition from 1,300 teams across the UK to make it to the grand final.

They were presented with their prize by the famous statistician, Sir David Spiegelhalter of Cambridge University and Carey Ann Dodah, head of curriculum at explore learning, after solving a high-level math problem specifically designed to test their abilities.

Fiona Herbert, the children’s teacher and maths co-ordinator, said: “I am so proud of the children, they work extremely well together.

“We never expected to make it through to the final and we are thrilled with their success.”

The contest is the only one in the country specifically for primary school teams.