Count on us for Secondary Schools 

The Jack Petchey Count on Us Secondary Challenge is an exciting pan-London maths programme engaging Years 7, 8 and 9 students in a range of maths activities to challenge, motivate and inspire. In 2019, 3.846 students took part across 89 schools, with 87% of secondary teachers stating improved attitude towards maths.

The Count on Us Secondary Maths Challenge is supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation; and delivered by The Maths Zone.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, our Secondary Maths Challenge events are currently on hold. In the meantime, we’ve put together some Virtual Challenge resources for students to try out at home. Click on the button below to take part.


The Jack Petchey Count on Us Secondary Challenge is a pan London maths tournament for Years 7, 8 and 9 students.

The Challenge focuses on developing confident mathematicians through a series of mental maths and problem solving activities.

In line with National Curriculum expectations, students will develop their mathematical fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills, though a range of challenging activities, combining team and individual tasks.

*We will prioritise schools with higher percentages of students on Free School Meals (FSM)


Each participating school will be required to;

  • Pay a one-off fee participation per school. This covers all of the resources and training that your school will receive, in addition to your students’ participation in tournament events.
  • Select a lead teacher to attend teacher training and run the programme in their school.
  • Set up opportunities to use the Count on Us Challenge activities in class and in clubs with at least 60 students from Years 7, 8 and 9 before selecting a team of 5 students for the Heats.
  • Take part in the regional Heats, with the highest scoring schools qualifying for the semi finals and final at City Hall.
Count on Us Secondary Maths Challenge 2019
“Really engaging and helped students improve their problem solving skills and teamwork. Students have enjoyed the experience and stretched themselves in mathematics outside of the classroom.”

– Acton High School, Ealing

“It has helped students see the fun side of maths, and helped them become more persistent, engaged problem-solvers”

– The Holy Cross School, Kingston Upon Thames

Our partners

A huge thank you to our funders and delivery partners for supporting Count on Us. We could not run the programme without you.