Wednesday 22nd September 2010 by C. Freeman
George Robinson was awarded a bronze medal and certificate for his success in a national maths challenge. George, from Year 9, along with fellow students from the top maths set, entered the Junior Maths Challenge earlier this year. George scored over 100 points and so was eligible to go through to the next round, the Junior Maths Olympiad, along with 1200 other young mathematicians from around the country.
They each sat a question paper under exam conditions and, when the results were marked, George's score meant he was in the top 300 nationally and was awarded a medal and certificate, both of which were presented to him in assembly.
George said: 'I spent hours on the paper and didn't have a calculator. They were applied maths questions like ratios, a lot of them you have multiple questions within one, a lot of number questions and a few shape ones using theorems. There were 16 questions overall. The last six were a problem because you have to prove the questions, not just solve them so it would be a page of working out with each question.'
George will probably try for the intermediate competition next year. Being a good mathematician runs in the family as his brother, Edward, a former Brooke Weston student, is studying maths at Manchester University. George said 'He is basically where I get maths from because he will say “guess what, this happens when you do this to numbers?” and show me something and I just go and look it up on the internet. They were very impressed at home, they were surprised, they knew I'd got into the next round but when I came back with a medal they were a bit lost for words!'