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Students take part in national maths competitions

Friday 3rd May 2013 by C. Freeman

Students from across the year groups have taken part in maths challenges organised by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust. The Year 7 and 8s have just tackled the individual maths challenge and some have also taken part in a team event at Caroline Chisholm School, Northampton.

Back in February a total of 84 students from Years 10 and 11 took part in the individual challenge, a multiple choice test on problem solving and logical thinking. Of these 84 students, 10 were awarded gold, 13 silver and 13 were given bronze certificates. As a result Kiran Joshi, Hayden Tetley, Andre Cowen and Victor Ho qualified for a follow-on multiple choice round called the ‘Pink Kangaroo’ and the results should be published soon. George Robinson and Henry Griffiths qualified for the Maclaurin and Cayley rounds, which are written papers at a much higher level.

Henry was awarded a certificate of distinction, a book and a medal for scoring in the top 50 for his age group in the country. George, whose paper was two levels higher than Henry’s, achieved a certificate of merit, putting him in the top 300 for all age groups up to Year 11 in the country.

Last week Bethan Lewis, Emily O’Brien, Harry Underwood and James Walton took part in the team challenge event which took place at Caroline Chisholm Academy in Northampton where they did well in the cross number event scoring 53 out of 60.

The UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for UK students aged from 11-18. Last academic year over 600,000 pupils from 4,000 schools took part in the scheme.

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