Masterclasses add up for Hartlepool maths whizzkids

BRIGHT SPARKS: From left, Grace Purnell, Scarlet Sharp, Georgia Nodding, Kaitlyn Bowron and Jessica Hilton with their certificates.
BRIGHT SPARKS: From left, Grace Purnell, Scarlet Sharp, Georgia Nodding, Kaitlyn Bowron and Jessica Hilton with their certificates.

FIVE young mathematicians from a Hartlepool school have boosted their skills by attending a series of weekend masterclasses at Teesside University.

The Year 8 students from St Hild’s Church of England School willingly gave up their Saturday mornings after being selected for four classes organised by the Royal Institution.

The classes introduced them to topics and applications of maths that are not covered within the school maths curriculum.

Lucy Wadsworth, maths teacher

And the efforts of Jessica Hilton, Georgia Nodding, Kaitlyn Bowron, Grace Purnell and Scarlet Sharp were recognised at a special celebration event where they were each presented with a certificate to mark their successful completion of the programme.

Lucy Wadsworth, a maths teacher at St Hild’s Church of England School, said: “The girls were selected for the masterclasses by the school on the basis of the great potential they are all showing as young mathematicians.

“The classes introduced them to topics and applications of maths that are not covered within the school maths curriculum.

“Hopefully, this will have helped them to further develop their skills and understanding of mathematics.”

Royal Institution masterclasses are designed to be hands-on and interactive sessions which are led by top experts from academia and industry for keen and talented young people all around the UK.

The St Hild’s girls attended the masterclasses at Teesside University along with other students from across the Tees Valley.

The students developed their use of Pythagoras’ Theorem into A-level, while also learning about the structure of the “gherkin” building in London, discovering how mathematics can be applied in bell-ringing, solving a Rubik’s Cube through the use of group theory and investigating the mathematics around magic tricks.

Miss Wadsworth added: “I think the fact that they were prepared to give up their Saturday mornings for a full month is of great credit to them.”