A YEAR 10 pupil scored in the top 1.5 per cent nationally in a recent maths challenge.

Sophie Petts, who attends Ponteland High School, excelled in the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge to earn a secure a place in the next round.

The school enters around 20 of its most able mathematicians into the challenge, run by United Kingdom Mathematics Trust for pupils in years 9 to 11 from across the UK.

In a first for Ponteland, Sophie has been invited to attend the National Mathematics Summer School, a week-long residential event for young people with an interest in maths, after her impressive performance.

She was ranked among the top 1.5 per cent of scorers in the country, a great achievement from so many entrants.

The annual maths challenge encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.

Students who perform well in the competition receive certificates and partake in follow-on rounds such as the Pink Kangaroo and the Hamilton Olympiad.