Bedales Prep student awarded distinction in Maths Junior Olympiad challenge

A student from Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, has received a distinction from the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) after completing the Junior Mathematical Olympiad challenge.

Block 2 (Year 8) pupil Harry Snell qualified for the Junior Mathematical Olympiad after receiving a very high score in the qualifying rounds. The Olympiad consists of a two-hour paper of in-depth mathematical problems set and marked by UKMT.

Harry was one of the top 25% of participants to receive a Certificate of Distinction. He also received an award for successfully submitting mathematically accurate solutions to at least four questions in one of the exam papers.

Commenting on the result, Jane Grubb, Head of Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, said: “We are delighted with Harry’s achievement and the effort and hard work that went into this – he clearly enjoys solving mathematical problems. The questions set by the UKMT require students to use their knowledge to solve complex mathematical issues. Our approach in teaching at Dunhurst is to encourage a growth mindset so that children are encouraged to delve deeper in their learning and not shy away from more challenging questions.”

Harry progresses from Dunhurst to Bedales Senior School in September where students achieved an impressive 99% A*-C pass rate at IGCSE Maths this year.

Harry Snell


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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