YOUNG mathematicians have joined the ranks of the best problem-solvers in the region.

Richmond School and Sixth Form College students collected seven accolades, the highest of any school, in a competition run by Newcastle University.

The Maths Challenge sets ten mind-taxing problems and every year attracts 700 entries from the North’s most gifted and talented students.

One Richmond student, Jack Galpin, 14, of Melsonby, was one of just three to receive a special commendation.

Also reaching the finals were Joshua Kind, Sophia O’Callaghan, James Lunn, Harvey Scott, Isobel Brooks and Lucy Chandler.

Head of maths Scott Lunn said: “I am incredibly pleased with our students.

"Last year was phenomenal but this year we have done even better. This shows how strong the school is at the very top end of maths."