Severn Beach Primary School took 1st place at the inaugural Primary Maths Challenge at St John’s on-the-Hill School on Tuesday 27 November. Rogiet Primary School came second, followed by Raglan VC Primary School in third place.

Eight primary schools (St John’s on-the-Hill, Severn Beach Primary School, Raglan VC Primary School, Rogiet Primary School, Bream C of E Primary School, Offa’s Mead Academy, Llandogo Primary School and Blakeney Primary School) entered 12 teams in a full day of maths competitions. There were four rounds testing a range of mathematical skills. The first tested the children’s ability to work as a team. The second was about strategy, testing the best way to approach questions to gain the most points. The third tested accuracy and the final round tested speed.

Mr Matt Allen, Head of Mathematics at St John’s on-the-Hill, said: “It was wonderful to have so many schools taking part. The children showed a real talent for some very tricky maths and did incredibly well, given the fast pace of the event. We will definitely repeat the event next year and hope to inspire mathematicians of the future. Studying maths helps develop skills in logical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making, which are highly valued by employers.”