Congratulations to Nico in Year 11 who has been invited to the National Mathematics Summer School after impressing the judges in the recent UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Intermediate Challenge.
The UKMT Summer Schools are designed to promote mathematical thinking and give students the opportunity to meet like-minded mathematicians. 48 students from Years 10 and 11 are selected by lottery from the top 1.5% of scorers in the Intermediate Maths Challenge. At the summer school, students work together informally on problems supported by a group of senior students who have previously attended a summer school.
Head of Maths, John Hamilton, said “Nico joined the school from Germany at the beginning of the academic year and has flourished in his time at Giggleswick. English is his second language which makes his achievement all the more impressive. He takes a real joy in his learning and has a naturally inquisitive mind. He has taken advantage of all the extra enrichment opportunities available in the Maths department through the national competitions and school trips.
He works hard on the basics and is always keen to do further reading and work beyond the normal curriculum in order to gain a deeper understanding of everything covered in lessons. The summer course should give him the opportunity to progress his problem solving skills working alongside some of the best young mathematicians in the country.”
Nico’s family live in Darmstadt, Germany and Nico joined Giggleswick with the intention to stay for one year and then return to his studies in Germany, but he has since decided to continue on to the Sixth Form at Giggleswick to study for his A levels.
Nico explained “I came to Giggleswick because after meeting the teachers, I could see how much they enjoyed teaching their subjects, and that stood out for me. Since being here I’ve made some great friends, and I really enjoy my lessons, so now I’d like to stay! I’m really looking forward to attending the summer school and meeting other students who enjoy Maths. My teachers were so happy for me and my parents are very proud.”