Primary high-flyers given a masterclass in maths

A PILOT project has been launched to give some of the brightest students in a Yorkshire city access to a maths masterclass.

Pupils from a partnership of seven primary schools in Bradford visited the city’s private grammar school yesterday for a lesson delivered by further maths teachers and A-level students.

Four of the best performing pupils, aged between nine and 11, were chosen to take part from each of the schools in the Exceed Alliance in Bradford: Copthorne Primary, Horton Grange, St Oswald’s, Lidget Green, Farnham, Princeville and Crossley Hall.

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Bradford Grammar School’s headmaster Kevin Riley said: “The aim is to get pupils excited and to see how far maths can take them.

“It is also a brilliant opportunity for our students. As the old saying goes ‘if you want to know whether you understand something try teaching it’. It is a pilot project and if it proves successful we would like to roll it out further.”

Christabel Shepherd, the head at Copthorne Primary, said: “The maths masterclass is a fabulous opportunity for the 28 children involved from the Exceed Alliance of Schools and will help to raise their aspirations further.”