UK Junior Maths Challenge 2020


During lockdown, towards the end of June, the majority of pupils in Years 6, 7 and 8 sat the UKMT Junior Mathematical Challenge. This is a national competition with around 300,000 pupils taking part each year. This year the Challenge was completed online.

The paper consisted of 60 minutes of multiple choice questions, designed to encourage mathematical reasoning, precision of thought as well as fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.

The problems on the Junior Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think. Most are accessible, yet still challenge those with more experience.

Firstly, congratulations to all those pupils that took part and thank you to the teachers involved, who made sure that at 9am on Monday 22 June, all the pupils logged onto the site with the correct passwords and ensured the event went smoothly.

Certificates are awarded to top scorers: the top 6% of the students nationally receive a gold certificate and the next 13% receive a silver.

Westbourne House achieved 15 Bronze, 2 Silver and 2 Gold certificates.

Particular mention to the following 4 pupils who secured the top marks:

Gold certificates:

  • Euan Cleallsmith
  • George Tracey

Silver certificates to:

  • Marcus Blackmore-Squires
  • Sonny Tuppen