In recent weeks, the Maths department has been celebrating success for our pupils in the Intermediate Maths Challenge and IGCSE Maths.
Earlier this term, pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 sat the Intermediate Maths Challenge. Designed to make pupils think and expose them to very different mathematical problems, the challenge is sat by over 200,000 pupils nationally. It is designed to make pupils think, using mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. They are accessible, yet still challenge those with more experience; they are also meant to be enjoyable and memorable. 40% receive certificates, which will be presented in Chapel later in the term. Of these, about 5,500 go forward to the Kangaroo round with the top 500 progressing to the British Olympiad.
We are pleased to congratulate Mike Yang, Bertie Burges-Lumsden, Mako Sasaki, Lucy Yates, Connor Kay and Caolan Grant on gaining silver certificates, and Grace Pennell, James Simmill, Beau o’Brien and Henry Brotherton-Cottrell on being awarded bronze certificates. Very special congratulations go to Connor who has been put forward to the next round on 16 March. This places him within the top 3% of the pupils who sat the test nationally.
This week, a number of Year 11 pupils were relieved to receive their IGCSE results. In a new venture, they sat the exams in January soon after returning from the Christmas holiday. With many achieving their desired pass grade, they are now able to focus on their other GCSEs instead of Maths.