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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 22nd January 2021: Deadline for applications to the event. Please email your application to
  • Thursday 4th March 2021: Competition day!
  • Thursday 1st April 2021: Entries are marked at top secret location.
  • Friday 18th June 2021: Prize-giving event at UWS Lanarkshire, open to top 10 schools (all schools competing will receive a certificate).

2020 Competition

We welcomed 43 entries from 23 different schools across Scotland (and one entry from a school in England) in 2020. The overall winner was Lochaber High School. They will be awarded with a school visit from the Happy Puzzle Company.

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

  • Boroughmuir High School
  • Falkirk High School
  • Grange Academy (3M1)
  • Grange Academy (4M1)
  • Grange Academy (4M2)
  • Mackie Academy
  • Mearns Castle High School
  • St Columba's School
  • The High School of Dundee
  • The Mary Erskine School

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

  • Giggleswick School
  • Hutchesons' Grammar School
  • Kirkcaldy High School
  • Lochaber High School
  • Madras College
  • St Thomas of Aquins RC High School
  • The Glasgow Academy (Mrs Drummond's class)
  • The Glasgow Academy (Miss Head's class)
  • The High School of Dundee
  • Wellington School

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: 02/11/2020