Your article: Success for matheletes

Louisa Cullen and Peter Wu with Pocklington School headmaster Mark Ronan.
Louisa Cullen and Peter Wu with Pocklington School headmaster Mark Ronan.

Pocklington School matheletes Peter Wu and Louisa Cullen have been awarded silver medals and a book prize in the UKMT Intermediate Olympiad.

Following on from their high scores in the Intermediate Maths Challenge, the year 10 pupils were invited to take part in the next round, the two hour Hamilton paper taken by only the top 500 year 10 pupils nationally.

Peter scored 51/60 and Louisa a perfect 60/60. They each win a medal and a book prize, which is awarded to the top 50 finalists.

Louisa was also invited on to the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 to explain a solution to a puzzle involving prisoners and coloured hats.

John Cullen, head of mathematics at Pocklington School, said: “This is a superb achievement by both Peter and Louisa. They were competing against the best young mathematical minds in the country, and have produced clear and accurate solutions to six demanding problems under pressure. Very well done to both of them.”

Louisa has also been selected for the prestigious National Mathematics Summer School following her excellent performance in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad. The summer school is held at Woodhouse Grove School, Leeds, from 12 to 17 July.