The UKMT Challenges aim to promote mathematical thinking and enhance problem solving skills. Last year over 675,000 pupils from more than 4500 UK schools and colleges entered the challenges.
Wrekin College recently took part in the Senior level maths challenges set by the UK Mathematics Trust. These competitions aimed at Sixth Form aged students are both individual and team based, each offering progressively difficult questions to stretch even the most able mathematicians.
In the individual competition 6% nationally receive Gold awards, the next 13% receive Silver and the next 21% Bronze. This means any student receiving a certificate is in the top 40% nationally. It is always worth remembering that the challenge is designed for, and entered by, only the best mathematicians from each participating school. Therefore, anyone who receives a certificate, whether it is Bronze, Silver or Gold, has done incredibly well.
This year, Wrekin pupils achieved a record 33 Senior level certificates including 3 Gold and 14 Silver. Two of the Gold level pupils qualified for the Kangaroo round, open only to the best Gold level pupils, with one student, Andy Liu, again making the UK Olympiad round which is reserved for the very top performers. Fifth Fomer, Ben Knight and Fourth Form pupil Hebe Dixon both achieved Silver awards, despite sitting the Senior challenge early.
In the team event this year, again at at Senior level, Wrekin were placed 4th out of the 18 teams in the West Midlands area, narrowly missing out on a top three place. As the smallest school taking part, this is another super achievement.
We look forward to the Junior and Intermediate competitions later this year and are on track for our best overall performance ever.