Five A-Level pupils from a girls’ school are celebrating after coming out in the top third of a national competition.

Year 13 students at Beaconsfield High School studying further mathematics were entered into the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls (MOG) 2018, which is attempted by 1,500 girls nationwide and aims to encourage and inspire as many girls as possible to get involved in advanced mathematical problem solving.

Kitty Sparrowhawk and deputy head girl Rochelle Moss both achieved distinctions, with Kitty also winning a prize and the opportunity to take part in the next stage, the British Mathematical Olympiad.

Around 1,000 of the highest scorers from MOG and other Olympiad competitions are invited back to attempt round one of the next level, which lasts three-and-a-half hours and contains six complex and involved mathematical problems.

Head teacher Rachel Smith said: “Our remarkable students have done it again, working hard and challenging themselves to achieve great things – I am incredibly proud.”

“It’s a combination of this kind of mindset and our Getting Life Ready agenda that ensures our students use their resourcefulness to gain success.

“Our wonderful Maths team always focus too on building the capacity to take risks with mathematical skills. We are also incredibly lucky to have so many naturally gifted mathematicians.”