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Maths whizzkids from Harold Hill school win Mayor for London funded competition round

PUBLISHED: 09:43 23 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:43 23 May 2016

Broadford Primary School mathematicians Natalie Towner, Lewis Makolli, Plamen Vasilev. Photo: Malcolm Drakes

Broadford Primary School mathematicians Natalie Towner, Lewis Makolli, Plamen Vasilev. Photo: Malcolm Drakes

Malcolm Drakes

A crack team of mathematicians have won their qualifying round of a maths contest, making teachers at their school extremely proud.

Youngsters Lewis Makolli, Plamen Vasiley and Natalie Towner from Broadford Primary School, Faringdon Avenue, Harold Hill, were pitted against teams from 13 other schools.

The children taking part in the Mayor’s Fund for London Count on Us challenge two weeks ago, had to use their teamwork and mental skills to make the number 24 and other puzzles

“Our pupils managed to perform well in all three challenges: shape, number and code breaking,” said headteacher Malcolm Drakes.

“It was their shape knowledge and skill that really set them apart.

“Despite some very challenging shapes being shown on the board, our terrific threesome were quickly able to make them with the tangram pieces.”

Natalie Towner said: “It was really nerve-wracking having to play against so many other schools.

“We did have some practice in school but there were only three other teams but after the first round it became much easier.”

The team now have one month to practice for the final on Wednesday, June 8. If successful, they can look forward to a lunch at Tower 42 - the third-tallest skyscraper in the City of London - for lunch.

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