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Ilford pupils win trip to Paris in Count On Us maths contest

PUBLISHED: 09:34 07 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:34 07 July 2016

Loxford School pupils with Deputy Mayor of London Joanne McCartney after having won the Count On Us Challenge 2016.  Credit: Ben Stevens

Loxford School pupils with Deputy Mayor of London Joanne McCartney after having won the Count On Us Challenge 2016. Credit: Ben Stevens

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Pupils have won a trip to Paris on the Eurostar after taking part in a tough London-wide maths challenge.

A group of Year 8 and 9 pupils from Loxford School of Science and Technology, School Lodge, Ilford, came out winners of the Count On Us Secondary Challenge finals, which took place in the City Hall chamber last week.

The maths tournament organised in partnership with the Mayors’ Fund 2016 and the Jack Petchey Foundation combined a series of tricky arithmetic and problem solving tasks.

With more than 2,462 pupils from 48 schools taking part in the challenge, the Loxford School pupils came out on top.

The trip to the French capital is planned for the autumn term.

The programme is aimed to make London pupils become more confident in maths and help them develop problem solving skills to improve their life chances after research showed poor numeracy skills were a barrier to employment.

A school spokesman said: “Our Year 9 students proved themselves to be outstanding mathematicians and problem solvers whilst competing in the Count Us In Challenge.

“It was a delight to see them engaging in a variety of mathematical problems, using their knowledge and creativity to compete successfully against many other fantastic students. Their determination and ability to work as a team ultimately led them to victory!”

Chief executive of the Mayor’s Fund for London Matthew Patten said: “London’s employers tell us that maths is a key skill they look for when hiring young people. The Count On Us Challenge makes a real difference to children’s enjoyment, motivation and attainment in maths.”


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