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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.

  • January (Date TBC): Deadline for applications to the event.
  • March (Date TBC): Competition day!
  • April (Date TBC): Entries are marked at top secret location
  • June (Date TBC): Prize-giving event open to top 10 schools (all schools competing will receive a certificate).

2018 competition

We welcomed 42 entries from 28 different schools across Scotland in 2018. The overall winner was the Grange Academy (Kilmarnock) S5 group who are now are immortalised with an entry on the Mathématiques sans Frontières trophy (see picture of the Grange Academy representatives below). They were also awarded with a school visit from popular science communicator Dr Emily Grossman (

Winning Class

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

  • Bearsden S4: Mrs Govan
  • Duncanrigg S4
  • Girvan Academy S4
  • High School of Dundee S4
  • Inverness Royal S4
  • Kinross: S4 Team Bridie
  • Merchiston S4
  • Robert Gordon S4: Mrs Smith
  • Strathhaven S4
  • The High School of Glasgow S4

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

  • Bearsden S5
  • Glasgow Academy S5 Team 1
  • Glasgow Academy S5 Team2
  • Grange Academy S5
  • Mary Erskine S5
  • Strathallan S5
  • Stuart Melville S41B
  • Stuart Melville S51A
  • The High School of Glasgow S5
  • Ullapool S5


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: 02/10/2018