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Stradbroke High School student named as one of the best in UK Mathematics Trust Intermediate Maths Challenge

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A Stradbroke High School student has been named as one of the top 1.5 per cent who took part in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Intermediate Maths Challenge.

Katie Childs has proved she has a head for mathematics. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Katie Childs has proved she has a head for mathematics. Picture by Mecha Morton.

Katie Childs, 16, has beaten more than 219,800 students across the country to a spot on the week-long summer school in Leeds organised by the Trust.

Head of Maths at Stradbroke High School, Claire Witmore, said: “It was quite a shock for us all when I got the letter through. I was chuffed and really proud of her. She deserves it, because she has worked really hard.

“Katie is an amazing mathematician, she is brilliant,” she added.

The hour-long exam for high-achievers took place at the start of February and consisted of multiple choice questions designed for Year 11 and below.

Depending on their score, students can achieve bronze, silver or gold.

Two weeks ago, the school found out that Katie, who takes after her older brother Adam, won gold.

Mum Sue said: “We are immensely proud of both our children and she’s happy. Adam and Katie are both competitive and she wants to beat him and I think in maths, she has.”

Out of the 220,000 students who took part, 192 of the very best landed a place on the summer school.

“She is really looking forward to spending a week with people who are as passionate about the subject as she is. She thinks there is no better way to spend a week’s holiday,” said Sue, who is 56.

The teenager, who hopes to study at Cambridge or Oxford after completing her A-levels, has developed a knack for mathematics early on.

“When she was younger, the nursery school teachers said to me that she was gifted. Back then we didn’t know it was going to be for maths, but now she can spend hours at the weekend solving problems. She just loves it,” said Sue.

On top of her love for maths, Katie also enjoys chemistry, biology and all things science-related.

“A lot of teachers have told me in the past that they would like to clone her,” laughed Sue.

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