July 2018

Maths not a challenge for Withernsea High School students

Back in April, 30 students in Years 7 and 8 took part in the Junior Mathematical Challenge set by the UK Mathematics Trust – a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics.

The Junior Mathematical Challenge aims to stimulate problem-solving amongst our students and is aimed at those in Year 8 and below. It is the UK's most popular Maths competition, with over 300,000 students taking part each year.

The results of this year’s challenge have recently been announced, with a number of Withernsea High School’s entrants finishing in the top 40% of candidates nationally. These students are:


Year 7

Bronze: Mellissa Clubley, Courtney Jolley and Lauren Spencer

Silver: Harry Thompson, Alexander Tallett, Jack Snaith and Libby Wilson


Year 8

Bronze: Olivia Boasman, Caitlin Grice, Trinity Jackson, Libby Hickman, Phoebe Goldspink and Abigail Cooper.

Silver: Alyssa Hall


Year 7 student Harry Thompson and Year 8 student Alyssa Hall were also awarded ‘best in year’ in their respective year groups, while Harry was also awarded ‘best in school’.

Teacher of Maths, Miss Makey, commented: 'I am so proud of all the students who took part in the Junior Maths Challenge. It’s brilliant to see these students recognised for their achievements. They all work exceptionally hard in lessons, have great attitudes to learning and deserve to be celebrated. Well done to them all.’

Second in Maths, Mr Hedjazi, added: ‘Problem solving is such an important part of the learning process in Mathematics and students need to be able to access higher order thinking in order to be successful, not only at Key Stage 3 but also Key Stage 4.

The fact that these students have won their awards shows not only their passion for Mathematics, but also their resilience in being able to tackle complex problems.

Congratulations to them all for their well-deserved success.’


ABOVE: Second in Maths Mr Hedjazi with the Year 7 winners.

BELOW: The Year 8 winners.

From September 2018, Mr Hedjazi will be the school's new Head of Mathematics - replacing Mr Miller who leaves the school at the end of the summer term.