Pupil ranked in Britain's top 40 teenage mathematicians

All smiles for Dan Smith from Monmouth School.

All smiles for Dan Smith from Monmouth School.

First published in News

THE numbers definitely added up for Upton Bishop schoolboy Dan Smith when he was ranked in the top 40 mathematics students in the UK for his age group.

And the 16-year-old Monmouth School maths whizz is now hoping to make the top four and represent Great Britain in an international competition after being invited to the UK Mathematics Trust Summer School at Oxford University.

Dan was one of 54 boys from the independent day and boarding school who sat the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge of 25 questions for 14 to 16-year-olds.

His teacher Alistair Dawson, who entered him in the competition, said: "Twelve qualified for the next round and Dan sat the the very challenging Olympiad paper, in which he came in the top group in the UK, which is an impressive performance."

"To come in the top 40 nationally speaks for itself, I think."

Pupils from the school won 18 gold certificates, 18 silver and 10 bronze in the Intermediate Maths Challenge, with12 boys, including Dan, qualifying for the next round.

Dan will be the first pupil from the school to attend the summer course. Last year Will Underwood achieved the same distinction by being invited, but was unable to attend owing to a clash with a music tour.

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