'The pupils' achievement in mathematics is exceptional.'                                    ISI Inspection, May 2014

At St Bernard’s Prep we believe all pupils should have the opportunity to enjoy learning Maths.

Our passionate, hard-working team of teachers are committed to delivering high quality lessons where pupils can explore Mathematical principals and practise their skills.

Mathematics has an outstanding reputation at St Bernard’s Preparatory. We aim to challenge the interest and curiosity of our pupils to support the development of mathematical skills and understanding, particularly through enrichment activities. We want to help everyone share in the enjoyment and understand the importance of mathematics.

At St. Bernard’s  we enjoy stimulating, fast paced Maths lessons every day. Our spiral curriculum ensures continual revision and progression. This process allows for continual development to challenge the most able whilst also continuing revisiting earlier areas of knowledge for those who need it. We encourage children to engage in discussion to find solutions to maths problems. Our aim is for them to think mathematically, be imaginative and confident in using maths from an early age.

Primary Maths Challenge

St Bernard’s Prep has been taking part in the Primary Maths Challenge for many years. Each year the Maths Association offers the challenge which attracts schools from across the country, enabling pupils to take part in a mathematical contest which is both motivating and engaging. Each year pupils at St Bernard’s are excited to be a part of this challenge. We are always delighted with our successes but more importantly, we relish in just being able to take part.


The UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics. The UKMT organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for 11-18 year old UK school pupils.

The Junior Challenge is aimed at the top third of pupils in Year 8 or below in England and Wales. For the last three years we have entered our most able mathematicians for this competition even though it is aimed for pupils two years above. We are always proud of all our children’s achievements but feel a special ‘glow’ at their success in the challenging UKMT competition.


St. Bernard’s Pupils Reach Gold Standard in Junior Maths Challenge


On Thursday, 1st May 2014, a number of our Year 6 pupils took part in the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge (JMC), which is run by the UK Mathematics Trust.  It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.  It is aimed at pupils in years 7 and 8 in England and Wales, S1 and S2 in Scotland and years 8 and 9 in Northern Ireland.  The problems on the JMC are designed to make students think.  Most are accessible, yet challenge those with more experience; they are also meant to be memorable and enjoyable.

We are extremely proud of our Year 6 pupils to have taken part in a challenge which is aimed at pupils at least a year older.  This makes their achievements even more significant, and truly shows the great potential of our bright young mathematicians.  11 of our pupils achieved the gold award, and 4 achieved silver.  Congratulations to them all, and well done to everyone who took part!

Gold award: Aman Batra, Asmita Niyogi, Jake Perrett, Jayisal Fakira, Khelan Fakira, Amar Kalsi, Hussain Mussa, Rohan Daggar, Joshua Karian, Dylan Val and Matthew Lyons.

Silver award: Aqib Mahmmod, Gurshant Jnagal, Aanchal Madhok and Jagvir Heer.