Astonished audience watches on as Linslade schoolboy recites 1,201 digits of Pi

A Cedars Upper School pupil proved that he was a master of memory skills when he recited 1,201 digits of Pi in front of an astonished audience.

Jack Fletcher, 15, smashed the previous Cedars record lastThursday, March 14, aka ‘03/14’ - Pi day!

Jack Fletcher

Jack Fletcher

Each year the school has been celebrating this day by holding activities and challenges organised by student leaders, and Jack couldn’t wait to have a slice of the action.

He said: “I was actually quite nervous the night before, but when my teacher told me that the previous record was 314, less than what I canremember, I thought, ‘Ican do this!’ I recall it by some sort of music, a rhythm, and say it in 5s. At the start I don’t need to, but once I’m into the 100s I begin using this technique.”

Jack, who favours maths and statistics, had set himself the challenge last year and had remembered 1,200 digits, but took a break to focus on his studies.

However, once Pi day was announced he set about preparing himself for the recital, easily remembering the first 500 digits and then relearning the other 700 decimal points in just a few days!

Jack’s mum, Katrina Fletcher, said: “I think we were astounded and obviously very proud. It’s a lovely achievement for Jack and he can be proud of himself.

“His sister, Sarah-Jane, entered a competition at Linslade Middle School two years ago and remembered 55. They must have an aptitude.”

Steve Palmer, headteacher, said: “Jack Fletcher’s record is an unbelievable achievement.

“Fellow students and members of staff were staggered as they witnessed this and Jack has received many plaudits for his incredible memory.”

Jack also used Maths books and Alexa to help him remember PI, repeating the words in time with his virtual assistant.

According to international news reports, the world record holder is Suresh Kumar Sharma, of India. In October 2015, age 21, he recited 70,030 numbers in 17 hours.

Could you remember as many digits as Jack? Here is the number he read out:

3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816

40628620899862803482534211706798214808651328230664709384460955058223172

53594081284811174502841027019385211055596446229489549303819644288109756

65933446128475648233786783165271201909145648566923460348610454326648213

39360726024914127372458700660631558817488152092096282925409171536436789

25903600113305305488204665213841469519415116094330572703657595919530921

86117381932611793105118548074462379962749567351885752724891227938183011

94912983367336244065664308602139494639522473719070217986094370277053921

71762931767523846748184676694051320005681271452635608277857713427577896

09173637178721468440901224953430146549585371050792279689258923542019956

11212902196086403441815981362977477130996051870721134999999837297804995

10597317328160963185950244594553469083026425223082533446850352619311881

71010 00313783875288658753320838142061717766914730359825349042875546873

11595628638823537875937519577818577805321712268066130019278766111959092

16420198938095257201 06548586327886593615338182796823030195203530185296

8995773622599413891249721775 283479131515574857242454150695950829533116

861727855889075098381754637464939319255060400927701671139009848824012