Romford pupils, 13, qualify for next stage of national maths competition

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The Bower Park Academy pupils qualified for the Junior Kangaroo - Credit: Bower Park Academy

Three Romford pupils have qualified for the next round of a “challenging” national mathematics competition. 

The Bower Park Academy pupils gained gold awards in the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Junior Mathematical Challenge, qualifying them for the Junior Kangaroo this month. 

The 60-minute test, designed for students in Year 8 and below, encourages mathematical reasoning and precision of thought. 

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31 Bower Park Academy pupils received awards - Credit: Bower Park Academy

One of the gold winners, Darius Bologa, told this paper: “Last year I didn’t have much preparation but this year I began to revise and analyse the past papers.  

“This proved to work as I had learnt quicker methods to solve the questions."

Fellow winner Jaycie-Marie Carter, who would like to go into accounting, added: “I found the maths challenge much harder than normal maths tests, however it was nice to have a try at much harder, and I was pleasantly surprised to get this far in it.” 

Classmate Millie Edgson said: “When I got gold, I was surprised and proud of myself.” 

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As well as the three gold awards, 15 Bower Park Academy pupils received silver and 13 gained bronze. 

Maths teacher and lead practitioner, Pat Nadesan, said: “A huge well done to all those who took part, in particular to those who received awards.”