A year 7 maths class at Greendown has claimed a reward from the country’s largest retailer Tesco for drawing attention to faulty goods.
The youngsters wrote to the company saying that there was a high failure rate in the flexible drinking straws bought by the box load by their teacher Mrs Gilbert. The straws are used a great deal in maths classes but so many are broken when they come out of the box making them useless for calculations.
On analysing a box of 225 straws the pupils discovered that not only was there a 20 per cent failure rate, particularly green ones, the box was two short.
They sent their statistical analysis, including how much Mrs Gilbert was out of pocket, to Tesco and asked for £5 in sweets for their research.
Tesco customer service manager Lesley Fraser promptly replied saying product quality investigations would take place and sent the class a £10 Tesco Moneycard for sweets and replacement straws.
Pupil Abigail Cole said, “we enjoyed doing the work because it was about using maths for something real. We were surprised to get an answer from Tesco and to receive money from them. Mrs Gilbert held onto the sweets until our last class before the holidays.”