Talented teen Marc is maths olympian

A TEENAGER from Suffolk is one of only 10 pupils nationally to achieve a 100% score in a maths challenge.

Richard Smith

A TEENAGER from Suffolk is one of only 10 pupils nationally to achieve a 100% score in a maths challenge.

Maths genius Marc Jeffreys, a pupil at Woodbridge School, received the perfect score in the UK Junior Maths Challenge.

The challenge, run by the UK Mathematics Trust, is taken by 240,000 of the most promising maths students in the UK each year.


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Several Woodbridge School pupils won gold, silver and bronze awards, but it was 13-year-old Marc's performance that earned the plaudits.

He has now been invited to take part in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad qualifier round which aims to identify potential candidates for the UK international Olympiad team.

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Marc was also part of a winning team in the University of Southampton National Cipher Challenge and is a team member in the Jaguar cars “Maths in Motion” national final.

Woodbridge School says it is one of the strongest schools in the region for the teaching of mathematics - last year nearly all pupils sitting the IGCSE mathematics paper for the first time gained an A*.

- Here are two sample questions from the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge:

-In a 7-digit numerical code each group of four adjacent digits adds to 16 and each group of five adjacent digits adds to 19. What is the sum of all seven digits?

-The list 2,1; 3,2; 2,3; 1,4 ; describes itself, since there are two 1s, three 2s, two 3s and one 4. There is exactly one other list of eight numbers containing only the numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4 that, in the same way, describes the numbers of 1s, 2s, 3s and 4s in that order. What is the total number of 1s and 3s in this list?

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