Lucy Storey
03 March, 2020

Success at the British Mathematical Olympiad

Last November over 40 of our students took part in the Senior Maths Challenge, a competition allowing students to tackle a variety of engaging mathematical activities while developing teamwork and communication skills.

Teams of four students from schools and colleges across the UK took part in dozens of Regional Finals with the highest scoring teams being invited to compete in the National Final.  This year our students were very successful, achieving 13 Bronze, 5 Silver, and 6 Gold certificates, these results place them in the top 60% nationally.   Five of the Gold certificate winners qualified for the Kangaroo, a follow on competition from the Maths Challenge.  Around 6,000 of the highest-scoring students from the Maths Challenge are invited to take part, and it is designed to develop, promote and recognise mathematical problem-solving skills in students.

The Kangaroo is an international competition organised by the Association Kangourou Sans Frontieres, based in France, with around 80 countries taking part.  The name acknowledges the contribution made by Australian Peter O'Halloran, a maths teacher from Sydney who established these large-scale competitions back in the early 1980s.

Our students performed well, achieving a Certificate of Merit. Jeongrae performed exceptionally well in the Maths Challenge, getting 24 out of 25 questions correct.  As one of the top 1000 students in the country, he was invited to take part in the British Mathematical Olympiad, a 3 ½ hour paper containing four very challenging problems.  Jeongrae achieved a Certificate of Distinction, placing him in the top 250 nationally.

On 27th February, the students were presented with their certificates by Mark Love, who commended not only their ability but also their character and attitude.

In February six of our  GCSE students took the Intermediate Maths Challenge.  Congratulations to Jiahao and William who achieved Silver certificates, and Yifei who achieved a Gold certificate and qualified for the Intermediate Kangaroo.​