An Esher student has become a world record holder by solving a Rubik’s Cube in record time. 

Fifteen students from Esher Church of England High School took part in the Rubik’s Maths Challenge at the O2 Arena, with more than 2,000 other students.

The Be there or be Square day was aimed at engaging students in mathematics by setting them the challenge of completing a Rubik’s Cube and, at the same time, becoming the holders of the Guinness World Record for the greatest number of Rubik’s Cubes completed simultaneously.

Participants had 30 minutes to solve the cube, with the objective for the most people to complete the cube in once place within the time frame.

Year 9 pupil Liam McGuiness completed the cube within the time frame and has become one of the participants entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Three other year 9 students from the school were within minutes of completing the cube within the allocated time.

Liam now has his cube solving down to four minutes, and the world record currently stands at 9.4 seconds.

Gemma Rice, maths co-ordinator said: “All our students took part, and were enthusiastic, working with other schools to help each other complete the challenge. We are delighted to hear the announcement that we beat the current world record by more than 500 cubes. ”

All proceeds raised from schools entering the event went to charity Depaul UK, to help tackle youth homelessness across the UK.