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Mayor's Fund For London
25 Jul 2017

Pupils from 179 schools took part in this year’s Count on Us Maths Challenge with the top 15 primary schools and top 12 secondary schools coming together at City Hall this summer to compete in nail-biting finals.

The event saw schools cracking challenges that included 24® Card Game, Codebreaking, Tangrams, Pentominoes, Geometric Puzzling and Game of Hex, a giant version on Connect4. In the Secondary Challenge on Tuesday 4th July, Gladesmore Community School in Haringey, finished second and Little Ilford School in Newham took third place whilst in the Primary Challenge on Friday 7th July, St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, in Barking & Dagenham finished second and Bellenden Primary School, in Lewisham, took third place.

Joanne McCartney AM, Deputy Mayor, Education and Childcare said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to William Bellamy Primary School and Norlington School & 6th Form for winning the Mayor’s Fund for London Count on Us Challenges. How we educate our young people has a profound impact not only on their own chances in life but on London’s economy and competitiveness. The Challenge not only addresses innumeracy across the capital, but instils a confidence in young Londoners that will prove invaluable as they progress through education and into the world of employment.”

WINNERS – Year 4 and 5 pupils from William Bellamy Primary School in Barking & Dagenham


  • Ashburnham Community School – Kensington & Chelsea
  • Baring Primary School – Lewisham
  • Bellenden Primary School – Southwark THIRD PLACE
  • Broadford Primary School – Havering
  • Invicta Primary School – Greenwich
  • Lea Valley Primary School – Haringey
  • Mayflower Primary School – Tower Hamlets
  • Nelson Primary School – Newham
  • Northwold Primary School – Hackney
  • St Clement & St James CofE Primary School – Kensington & Chelsea
  • St Peter’s Catholic Primary School – Barking & Dagenham SECOND PLACE
  • Sunnyfields Primary School – Barnet
  • Welbourne Primary School – Haringey
  • Whitehall Junior School – Hillingdon
  • William Bellamy Primary School – Barking & Dagenham WINNER

WINNERS – Year 8 and 9 pupils from Norlington School & 6th Form in Waltham Forest


  • Acton High School – Ealing
  • Bexleyheath Academy – Bexley
  • Gladesmore Community School – Haringey SECOND PLACE
  • Green Spring Academy Shoreditch – Tower Hamlets
  • Little Ilford School – Newham THIRD PLACE
  • Norlington School & 6th Form – Waltham Forest WINNER
  • Plashet School – Newham
  • Prendergast Vale School – Lewisham
  • Richmond Park Academy – Richmond
  • Rushcroft Foundation School – Waltham Forest
  • St Paul’s Way Trust School – Tower Hamlets
  • Welling School – Bexley

Matthew Patten, Chief Executive, Mayor’s Fund for London said: “Count on Us is vital in helping young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds, who are at risk of falling behind, enjoy maths, positively engage their parents and schools, and get them back on track. Shockingly, 1-in-5 London children leave school behind in maths and many will never catch up. There’s a shortage of numerate young people in London and growing competition for talent.  This year, 27 schools from across London are taking part in the Count on Us Maths Challenges – the competition is always fantastic, with young people showing great enthusiasm.”

Trudy Kilcullen MBE, Chief Executive, Jack Petchey Foundation said: “These young Londoners did a terrific job in the Mayor’s Fund for London Count on Us Secondary Challenge Final. The Jack Petchey Foundation exists to inspire and motivate young people and help them achieve. That’s why we are proud to support this programme. The skills they are learning will not only boost their mathematical ability, but will help provide a vital foundation for moving forward towards employment with confidence in themselves and in their ability.”

The Count on Us Primary Challenge is supported by The Rothschild Foundation.

Count on Us is a pan-London numeracy programme that works with schools to help young Londoners reach levels of numeracy that will empower them to meet their full potential, get a decent job and seize opportunities the capital offers. The programme includes Maths Clubs, Count on Us Parents, as well as the Challenge. The competition encourages mental arithmetic and problem solving to improve confidence in maths, and ultimately in academic performance, engaging with schools across all 33 London Boroughs.

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