YEAR 5 and 6 pupils from Westville House School are celebrating after a successful performance in two national maths competitions.

Both years have made the national finals of the Quiz Club Championships for mathematics, which is the largest inter-school competition in the UK with 400,000 children taking part annually.

Year 5 took top spot in their heat, beating over 20 schools from across the country. Year 6 also did exceptionally well, coming fourth in their heat. The national finals will take place early next year.

Westville also held the Primary Mathematics Challenge at school this week which tested pupils’ ability to think things through, be logical and find ways to solve problems.

All Year 6 and some Year 5 pupils took on the challenge with all performing brilliantly. Head Girl, Greta Wilkinson, was the highest performing pupil scoring 21 out of 25.

This is likely to be a strong enough score to see her through to the finals where she will compete against other children from across the world.

Chris O’Doherty, Deputy Head Teacher at Westville House School, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the children’s performances in both the Quiz Club Championships and Primary Mathematics Challenge. Both gave them the opportunity to stretch their brains in different ways and they really enjoyed the challenges.

“Their success is testament to the specialist maths teaching at Westville. Being taught by skilled experts really benefits the children, giving them the confidence to excel in national competitions such as these.”