Daventry schoolboy is one of UK’s best at maths

A Grange School pupil, who has won a silver medal in a maths competition.  is now in the top 200 in the country.
A Grange School pupil, who has won a silver medal in a maths competition. is now in the top 200 in the country.

A 10-year-old boy from Daventry was recognised as one of the best young mathematicians in the country when he was presented with a medal this week.

David Collyer, from The Grange School, competed along with 70,000 pupils in the UK in the Primary Mathematics Challenge from the Mathematics Association and was in the top two per cent to score highly.

He then went on to compete in the maths challenge bonus round in February where he had to work out 25 challenging maths puzzles. David rose to the challenge and was one of only 168 pupils to win the second highest award.

David’s dad, Adam Collyer, said: “David has always been fascinated by numbers ever since he was young and almost as long as he has been able to walk!

“I knew he was good at maths but hadn’t realised just how good and I’m very pleased and proud .”

David’s parents praised the Grange school for the teaching and support they have given him over the years.

Mr Collyer said: “It is a very good reflection on the school, they have always been very good with David.”

Assistant headteacher and maths subject leader at the Grange Vicki Masters said: “It is such an achievement to receive recognition for mathematical ability on a national scale.

She added: “We are all extremely proud of all of our children here at The Grange. The children that took part in the Challenge showed that they are among the most able mathematicians in the country and we are especially pleased that David has won a silver medal award.”

David was presented with his silver medal in an assembly at the school on Friday. He is the only known silver award winner in the district.

David said: “Maths is my favourite subject and I am really happy to have won an award.”

Can you answer one of David’s maths questions?

A cleaner earns £16 000 a year, a teacher earns £28,000 a year and a banker earns £72,000. Suppose they all need £12,000 to pay the basic costs of living. If they all take away the basic costs of living from their salaries, which of the following ratios (cleaner : teacher : banker) best describes the money they are left with for other spending?

A 1:1:1

B 1:2:3

C 1:4:15

D 4:7:18

E 16:28:72