Senior Mathematical Challenge Success

Well done to our fantastic Sixth Form mathematicians for their recent success in the UK Senior Mathematical Challenge. Students achieved 15 gold, 20 silver, and 23 bronze certificates, with Haroon Mustafa (L6GLA) achieving Best in Year and Luke Mulholland (U6LES) achieving Best in School.

The Senior Mathematical Challenge is a 90-minute, multiple-choice competition open to students across the UK. It encourages mathematical reasoning, the precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. The problems on the Senior Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think. Most are accessible, yet still challenge those with more experience.

All the 78 Sixth Form students who took part completed the challenge online this year, this is the first time that the UKMT has made this option available.

14 students have qualified for the follow on round called the Kangaroo. This is a 60-minute competition consisting of 20 problems. Unlike the Senior Maths Challenge, the answer to each Senior Kangaroo problem is a positive integer less than 1000. Achieving a high score requires engagement with the problems, without the benefit of five options to choose from. Entry to the competition is by invitation only and is based on a qualifying score, which is variable from year to year.

A huge well done to everyone who took part and good luck to those who have qualified for the next round!