OVER 160 pupils and parents from schools across Hampshire gathered to attend a celebration of maths.

Winchester College welcomed the youngsters, along with the mayor of Winchester, last Thursday after they took part in the Primary Schools Maths Challenge.

The challenge is a national competition that helps young people develop a love of mathematics, encourages enthusiasm and boosts confidence.

Since June pupils have attended the college’s mentoring programme, preparing for the national competition, led by Maria Zampeta in the maths department.

Dominic Rowland, head of maths outreach, said: “In October, fifty pupils sat our own Winchester Maths Challenge, which was useful preparation for the national competition. Some of the pupils have now qualified to sit the Bonus round in February.

“The celebratory event brought together pupils, parents and their Winchester College mentors for tea, cake and certificates, which were presented by the mayor.”

The celebration was part of a Week of Wonder at the school, which runs numerous outreach activities and events. However, this week saw record numbers of local children coming onto the Winchester College campus to extend their learning.

Over 1,000 primary school pupils attended for a variety of expert talks, musical performances, dramatic opportunities, museum exploration, and a maths celebration.

Mr Rowland added: “All the activities were oversubscribed; testament to both the quality of what was on offer and the positive approach of local teachers, keen to embrace these excellent opportunities.”