EXTRA maths lessons laid on by Bolton’s top school have added up for schoolchildren in Farnworth.

A handful of talented youngsters from eight primary schools in Farnworth were given extra tuition from maths teachers from Bolton School — and have now achieved top marks in their SATs.

More than half of the young number crunchers gained an impressive level six — a score usually only achieved by secondary school pupils aged 13 or 14.

The other young Einsteins scored well on the levels three to five papers, achieving marks into the high 90s.

The classes were taken by Phil Howard of the boys’ division, and Lauren Reynolds of the girls’ division.

Miss Reynolds said: “It was a joy to work with children from Farnworth.

“They are bright, enthusiastic and able young mathematicians.

“I am pleased that we have been able to challenge them with some higher level content and I am proud of the children for achieving the level six and high level five scores.

“I hope they continue to enjoy their maths as they start secondary school."

The schools involved were The Ferns Academy, Highfield School, St John’s CE, Queensbridge, St James’ CE, Our Lady of Lourdes, All Saints’ CE and St Peter’s CE where the extra classes were held.

Lynn Williams, headteacher at St Peter’s CE Primary, said: “We are delighted with the outcomes and the standards achieved by the pupils.

“Achieving level six is a very challenging target for a year six pupil, and means they are able to go on to secondary school with an exceptionally strong grasp of mathematical concepts.

“This is a first-class example of how independent and private schools can work with state schools for the benefit of the local community.

“We hope to continue the project in the next academic year.”