It all adds up to a great performance by Musselburgh schoolchildren

Maths team from  Loretto School, Musselburgh.

Maths team from Loretto School, Musselburgh.

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Percentages apparently pose no problem for young maths wizards at Loretto School in Musselburgh.

A team of number crunchers from the school was placed in the top two per cent nationally in the recent UK Team Maths Challenge.

The team - comprising James Griffith (8) from Musselburgh, Calum Ogilvy (12) from Pencaitland, Daniel Dalland (14) from South Queensferry and Jonathan Cunningham (14) from Musselburgh - were up against 2,500 teams from across the British Isles.

As winners in the East of Scotland regional final earlier in the year, the four youngsters earned their place in the national final at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on June 23, where they were placed 42nd from the 80 finalists.

Run by the UK Mathematics Trust the final challenge involves a group circus involving hands-on maths problems; a series of shuttles in which the answer from one question feeds in to the next; a mathematical crossword; a relay race combining physical and mental agility; and a separate poster competition based on a mathematical subject.

Jonathan Hewat, Director of External Affairs at Loretto, said: “We do congratulate the Loretto team on their wonderful performance in this prestigious competition and they certainly enjoyed this fantastic opportunity to meet and compete with some of the very best young mathematicians from across the UK.”

Team members are pictured with their Math teacher Dr Marjory McLeod.

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