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Croydon junior school children top of the class in Primary Mathematics Challenge

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PARK Hill Junior School has once again proved it has the right formula to nurture some of the best maths magicians in the country.

Year 6 pupils Neel Maniar, Varun Jain and Pooja Murali answered a series of multiple choice questions to emerge in the top two per cent from among 70,000 pupils across the UK.

Last month they were among 523 children invited to take part in a bonus round.

Their performance in the Primary Mathematics Challenge was recognised this week with a gold award from the Mathematical Association.

Speaking about their success, teacher Maryam Butt said: "We are all extremely proud of Neel, Vaun and Pooja.

"It is such an achievement to receive recognition for mathematical ability on a national scale.

"All of the children who participated enjoyed taking part in the challenge and, most importantly, it shows that maths can be fun."

Success is nothing new to Park Hill, in Stanhope Road. In 2010 two of its Year 6 pupils won bronze certificates at the Primary Maths Challenge.

When asked what sets the school's pupils apart, Miss Butt had a simple answer: "We don't do anything special that other schools don't do, so it must be about hard work."

Croydon junior school children top of the class in Primary Mathematics Challenge


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