An 11-year-old maths star from Longvernal School, Midsomer Norton, has struck gold after taking part in a challenge set by Bath Rugby Education Centre.

Ashley has undertaken 20 weeks of non-stop maths to take the rare honour of a gold medal.

He and fellow pupils at Longvernal have been taking part in Mathletics, a scheme which aims to improve motivation and increase pupils’ enjoyment of the subject.

Chris Andrew, of the Bath Rugby Education Centre, said: “We have more than 400 students and work with more than 30 different primary and secondary schools who visit the centre each year, and only 20 go on to reach full gold.”

“We are a beacon centre for Mathletics in the South West and I know how hard Ashley has had to work.”

Ashley’s prowess has delighted his teacher Diane Lawrence. She said: “We are really proud of Ashley. He has shown real perseverance and worked really hard at home to achieve this award. Well done Ashley.”

Locally, Wiltshire and Bath and North East Somerset Councils part-fund the challenge – along with the Department for Children, Schools and Families – that takes place in a state-of-the-art classroom situated within the main clubhouse of the Bath Rugby Club.

The scheme sees students between the age of 10 and 14-years-old, who are not reaching their full potential in school, put in extra time to raise their standard with the help of Bath Rugby’s first team.

(Courtesy of Thisissomerset.co.uk Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 11:49)