YOUNG maths wizzes from across Stourbridge have been competing for a place in the final of a nationwide primary school competition.

The regional finals of the National Young Mathematicians’ Awards took place at Explore Learning in Stourbridge’s Crown Centre where primary pupils from Blanford Mere, Hagley and Pedmore CofE battled it out in a series of never-seen-before mathematical problems.

After a close contest, it was the Pedmore pupils who were declared the winners, with judges praising their “fantastic” team work, their systematic working and their mathematical thinking.

The annual event, organised by Explore Learning and the NRICH Project at the University of Cambridge, is open to teams of four children from primary schools across the UK.

This year, just over 100 regional winners were named and of those, five will make it through to the grand final in Cambridge.

Charlotte Gater, head of curriculum at Explore Learning, said: “The competition really steps up a gear at this stage, and the teams who have made it this far should be very proud indeed.

“We saw some fantastic demonstrations of team work and mathematical prowess up and down the country but only the very best will make it to the grand final.”