Hadi Ahmed from Burton-on-Trent has been presented with a Bronze award by The Mathematical Association in this year’s Primary Mathematics Challenge (PMC). The prestigious honour demonstrates his achievement as one of the best young mathematicians in the UK.

The first stage of the challenge took place in November 2017 when the Derby Grammar School pupil competed alongside 68,000 children across the country. Successfully answering a variety of multiple choice mathematics problems, Hadi, aged 11, joined the highest scorers who were invited to take part in the PMC Bonus Round in February 2018.

Hadi rose to the challenge and was one of 1857 pupils to win an award in the Bonus Round. He said: “I was a bit nervous when I was getting ready to sit the Bonus Round. It was harder than I thought it was going to be. I found out I’d won a Bronze award at the Achievement Assembly at School last week. I was surprised as I wasn’t expecting it.”

Speaking of the pupil’s success April Sly, Head of Derby Grammar Junior School said: “We are all extremely proud that Hadi has won a Bronze award, and that our Junior School pupil Roj also took part in the Bonus Round. It is such an achievement to receive recognition for mathematical ability on a national scale. All of the children at the school enjoyed taking part in the Challenge and most importantly, it shows them that maths can be fun.”

Lesley Jones from The Mathematical Association added: “We would like to offer our congratulations to Hadi and all of the pupils that participated. We received a large number of entries which reflects a real appetite for solving maths problems and puzzles. We always try to make the questions interesting and accessible, while giving pupils an opportunity to apply fundamental maths skills. It is great to be able to acknowledge brilliant young minds in the UK and nurture the future mathematicians.”

Find out more about Derby Grammar School’s Junior School at the Open Day on 14 June.

Have a go at tackling some of the maths questions in Hadi and Roj’s Challenge: