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Published Tuesday 17th of May 2011 03:57:28 PM

Fourteen year old Claire Jang, who is a pupil at Badminton School in Bristol, has been named as one of the top ten mathematicians for her age group in the country.

Claire, who is currently in Year 9 at Bristol's leading independent school, sat the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge a UK-wide competition - aimed at the top third of pupils in Year 11 or below and involving 25 multiple choice questions sat in one hour under exam conditions. Her score of 96 entitled her to go through to the next round, known as the Cayley, which consisted of six questions of extreme mathematical difficulty. Claire achieved 56 out of 60 in this round and was awarded full marks in five of the six questions.

Not only is Claire an outstanding mathematician, she is also a talented musician, playing both the organ and violin and has taken leading roles in Badminton School productions such as the King, in The King and I, and the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors.

Said Badminton's Head of Mathematics, Mr David Cook: 'This is an outstanding achievement for any pupil. However the fact that Claire, and indeed all the girls in the top maths set in Years 9, 10 and 11 sat the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge, which is aimed at the top mathematicians in our country is unbelievable and shows just what excellent teaching can achieve. Here at Badminton, we are aiming to really get the best mathematically out of all our pupils, no matter what their ability and have tremendous success in both stretching those to whom maths comes easily but also supporting those with extra help for whom the subject is more of a struggle. I am very lucky that my whole maths department, here at Badminton, is full of passionate teachers who are extremely committed not only to the subject but also to the school.'

The kind of question Claire had to answer is shown below:
'At dinner on a camping expedition, each tin of soup was shared between 2 campers, each tin of meatballs was shared between 3 campers and each tin of chocolate pudding was shared between 4 campers. Each camper had all three courses and all tins were emptied. The camp leader opened 156 tins in total. How many campers were on the expedition?'
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