Pupils from the Robert Burns Academy recently finished in the top 10 as they represented the school at the annual Enterprising Maths in Scotland national finals.

Taking on more than 50 schools in Scotland, the pupils came in an impressive eighth place at the competition.

The finals were held at the Glasgow Science Centre, where more than 200 young people who had qualified through regional heats, took part in four challenging rounds of competition. 

The Team Round was a collection of 12 tricky challenges, the practical round saw them constructing complicated 3D shapes, the Stations Round was all about hands-on puzzles, and the frantic last round was the Relay Round, which involved teams attempting to complete as many questions as possible in a set time.

Cumnock Chronicle: Pupils taking part in the competition.Pupils taking part in the competition. (Image: East Ayrshire Council)

The top three places were awarded to Boroughmuir High School, the High School of Glasgow and Fettes College, while the team from Grange Academy in Kilmarnock took fourth place after winning the team round.

Councillor Elaine Cowan, East Ayrshire Council’s spokesperson for education, and children and young people, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Grange Academy and the Robert Burns Academy have placed within the top ten in Scotland at the annual Enterprising Maths in Scotland national finals.

"What a remarkable achievement from our young people, who were competing against the very best in Scotland.

"My thanks go to our inspirational teachers who work tirelessly to help our young people reach their full potential. Well done everyone."