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Mathématiques sans Frontières is an annual international mathematics competition for S4-S6 schoolchildren, centrally run by the Académie de Strasbourg since 1989. This interclass competition involves a number of mathematical puzzles where one of the puzzles is posed, and must be answered, in a foreign language. Each class should work as a team to tackle the puzzles in the allotted time (90 minutes).

Timeline of the Competition

December – January: Schools are invited to register for the competition, and a set of practice questions are emailed to each school.

  • Friday 24th January: Deadline for applications to the event. Please email your application to
  • Thursday 5th March : Competition day!
  • Wednesday 1st April: Entries are marked at top secret location
  • Friday 19th June: Prize-giving event at UWS Lanarkshire, open to top 10 schools (all schools competing will receive a certificate)

2019 competition

We welcomed 79 entries from 43 different schools across Scotland (and five entries from one school in England) in 2019. The overall winner was the Grange Academy (Kilmarnock) S5 group who are the first names on the new Mathématiques sans Frontières trophy (see picture of the Grange Academy representatives below). They were also awarded with a school visit from the Happy Puzzle Company.

Grange Academy S5 Winners

Teacher Chris Smith with two S5 Grange Academy pupils during the Happy Puzzle Company visit.

The top 10 Teams in the S4 comp were (in alphabetical order):

  • Biggar High School
  • Caldervale High School
  • Grange Academy (3M1)
  • Grange Academy (3M2)
  • Grange Academy (4M1)
  • Peebles High School (4X1)
  • Peebles High School (4Y1)
  • Stewarton Academy
  • Strathaven Academy
  • Wellington School

The top 10 Teams in the S5 comp were (in alphabetical order):

  • Belmont Academy
  • Girvan Academy
  • Grange Academy
  • High School of Glasgow
  • Mearns Catle High School
  • Robert Gordon's College (RGCAP)
  • Robert Gordon's College (531)
  • St Joseph's College
  • Strathallan School
  • Strathaven Academy

Grange Academy - Overall WInners

Previous competition questions

Click to download previous competition questions

To find out more:

If you’d like to register for the competition, or simply obtain further details, please contact:

Last updated: 09/12/2019