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Maths competition success adds up for East Ayrshire schools

Young people from Grange Academy and The Robert Burns Academy took part in the annual Enterprising Maths in Scotland national finals recently, taking on over fifty schools from across the country.

The finals, which are sponsored by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, were held at the Glasgow Science Centre, where over 200 young people who had qualified through regional heats, took part in four challenging rounds of competition. The Team Round was a collection of 12 tricky challenges, the Practical Round saw them constructing complicated 3-D shapes, the Stations Round was all about hands-on puzzles and the frantic last round was the Relay Round, which involved teams attempting to complete as many questions as possible in a set time.

The top three places were awarded to Boroughmuir High School, The High School of Glasgow and Fettes College; while team Grange Academy, namely Carly, Charlotte, Eilidh and Ethan, took fourth place after winning the Team Round! The Robert Burns Academy took an impressive eighth place.

Councillor Elaine Cowan, the Council’s Spokesperson for Education, and Children and Young People said: “I am absolutely delighted that Grange Academy and The Robert Burns Academy have placed within the top ten in Scotland at the annual Enterprising Maths in Scotland national finals. What a remarkable achievement from our young people, who were competing against the very best in Scotland. My thanks go to our inspirational teachers who work tirelessly to help our young people reach their full potential. Well done everyone.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Grange Academy for winning the 2023 ‘Maths win ae Borders’ competition during Maths Week Scotland. Mrs Wilson’s 3M1 class lifted the coveted national title after facing challengers of all ages. As part of their prize, Professor Adam McBride, OBE, will visit the school next month to give an inspirational talk to the young people, something the whole school is looking forward to.”