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Mayor's Fund For London
10 Jul 2017

Hey, this is Hafiz from Hammersmith Academy, reporting after a great competition full of fun and challenging mathematics!

At last week’s grand finale, Norlington School from Waltham Forest took home the trophy and a trip to Bletchley Park after becoming champions of this year’s Count on Us Secondary Challenge. In 2nd place came Gladesmore Community School from Haringey and in 3rd place came Little Ilford School from Newham.

After competing in the finals for the Secondary Challenge 2016 last year, it was really interesting to see all the hard work it takes to organise such an amazing event. I’ve been doing work experience here at City Hall with the Mayor’s Fund for London this past week; it has been amazing to be on the other side of things, directing students, collecting resources and making sure everything ran smoothly.

Unfortunately, my school didn’t make it past the heats this year, however I would like to send a huge congratulations to the schools that did make it through to the top 12. Well done to all of this year’s finalists:

Acton High School

Bexleyheath Academy

Gladesmore Community School

Green Spring Academy Shoreditch

Little Ilford School

Norlington School and 6th Form

Plashet School

Prendergast Vale School

Richmond Park Academy

Rushcroft Foundation School

St Paul’s Way Trust School

Welling School

Each school put in masses of work and it was evident their training had paid off, as I saw students whiz through 24 game cards, rush around solving algebra, hop into hex games and blast through shape puzzles. Although they seem like games, these sorts of competitions help bring real enjoyment to what many regard a boring subject. And the challenges certainly aren’t easy. Personally, I feel last year’s competition helped me stay engaged and begin to enjoy my maths classes more. This is important as good numeracy skills are essential in the academic and working world and is something employers often look for.

I got a sense that everyone was just as engaged and had as much fun as last year, if not more!

The Count on Us Secondary Challenge is a unique, pan-London maths tournament for Year 8 and 9 pupils delivered in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation. This year, we had 72 schools and over 2,800 pupils take part in the competition. If you’d like to take part in the Secondary Challenge next year, you can find out more information and register your school here.

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