Congratulations to Richard, Nico, Sophie and Harvey in Year 11 who achieved gold awards in the recent UKMT (United Kingdom Mathematics Trust) Intermediate Maths Challenge. Established in 1996, the UKMT national mathematics competitions are entered by over 650000 students annually. In the intermediate individual competition, the students sit a one-hour problem solving exam paper. Richard and Nico were among the top 500 students in the country who qualified for the follow-on Olympiad round. Sophie and Harvey qualified for the Pink Kangaroo: the repechage paper. Those students who then perform particularly well in the Olympiad paper have the opportunity to qualify for the team of six students who represent the UK in the International Mathematical Olympiad. The UKMT highlight resilience as a key skill for students to be able to access the questions in the Olympiad papers.
Head of Mathematics and Languages, John Hamilton, said “Richard and Nico joined the school at the beginning of this academic year and have enjoyed participating in all the extra enrichment opportunities available in the maths department be it through maths club, national competitions or school trips. They, along with the other students in the class, have very high expectations of their attainment and are always keen to have a deeper understanding of the content covered in lessons. This deep grasp of the basics and their naturally inquisitive minds allow them to access even the most challenging problem solving questions such as those in the UKMT competitions. They, along with the two other gold, four silver and six bronze certificate winners should be congratulated for their success.”