Maths challenge

Students from Years 9 – 11 took part in this year’s UK Intermediate Maths Challenge here at Newton Abbot College.  The challenge is run by the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) and is the largest national Mathematics competition. The UKMT is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education for 11-18 year olds in Mathematics by organising national Mathematics competitions and enrichment activities.   Last year over 600,000 students from 4,000 schools took part in the three competitions: Junior, Intermediate and Senior. For the Intermediate Challenge our students had to answer 25 multiple choice questions in one hour, under normal exam conditions, and the papers were marked by UKMT using an optical mark reader. Eight of our students were placed in the top 20% and achieved a Silver certificate: Jac Fleming, Ali Hamer, Christopher Milner, Scott Northway, Ben Passmore, Ben Smith, Rachel Spooner and Lucy Tilling. Rachel Spooner, Year 11, said “I thoroughly enjoyed the Maths challenge.  It gave me the chance to put my Maths into practice.” [caption id="attachment_6314" align="aligncenter" width="501"]‘Silver winners’ Christopher Milner, Rachel Spooner and Ali Hamer ‘Silver winners’ Christopher Milner, Rachel Spooner and Ali Hamer[/caption] We also had twelve students placed in the top 40% who received a Bronze certificate: Adam Brenton, Oliver Buckman, Sam Daly, Samuel Debnam, Louise Endea, Lucy McHugh, Katie Powell, Jared Short, Loren Smith, Josh Taylor, Ethan Vickridge and Bethany Wingrave-Quinn. Rupert Greeves, Team Leader of Mathematics, said “It’s all about students having fun wrestling with interesting problems.  It was good to see our students rise to the challenge and be successful.”