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Maths Challenge

Each year we run a maths challenge for students in year 8 and below, and a senior challenge for students in year 10 and below. Find out more.

Annual challenge

Annual Maths Challenge

Every year, the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics runs:

  • a Maths Challenge for students in Year 8 and below
  • a Senior Maths Challenge for students in Year 10 and below

Entrants complete a series of challenging and fun problems over February half-term. They either return them to us directly or via their teacher at school. Problems are sent out to local schools in late January. You can also find the problems below. Some of the questions might involve some investigation and some problem solving.

The best entrants, along with teachers, family and friends are invited to a prize-giving evening at Newcastle University. Planned to be on Wednesday 8th May 2024 for the coming 2024 challenges.


The 2024 challenges are now OPEN!

Brace yourselves, maths enthusiasts! The 2024 Challenges are officially OPEN, and we're inviting all bright minds to embark on an exciting journey of numerical discovery!

  • 2024 Maths Challenge (PDF: 544.1 kB) for Yr 8 and below - Where numerical wizardry begins.
  • 2024 Maths Senior Challenge  (PDF: 817.8 kB) for Yr 10 and below - Elevate your maths mastery to new heights!

Dive into the thrill of numbers, the excitement of logic, and the joy of mathematical conquests. Are you ready for the challenge?

Contact us

For more information, or to be added to the list of schools who receive the Challenge questions each year, please email the Maths Challenge team at