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Students' Success In National Maths Challenge

19/04/2024 Awards
Students' Success In National Maths Challenge

Several of our students proved themselves as some of the best mathematicians of their age in the country during the recent UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge

114 of our Year 9 and 10 students took part in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Intermediate Maths Challenge last term - a 60 minute, 25 multiple-choice challenge. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency to make students think. During the first round our pupils achieved 7 Gold,  11 Silver and 18 Bronze certificates - quite an achievement in itself.

However, taking it one step further, four students' high scores allowed them to qualify for the second round of the challenge - memorably called the 'Pink Kangaroo'. These follow-on rounds are also 60 minute, 25 multiple choice challenges, but entry to this second round is by invitation based on the qualifying score - so only the top scoring students in the UK are invited to take part. Two of these students even went on to achieve merit certificates!

Numeracy Lead Practitioner Ms O'Brien said: "Participating in the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge is more than just a test; it's an opportunity for our students to flex their mathematical muscles and showcase their problem-solving prowess. Our students have all done phenomenally well and we are really proud of their achievements."

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