On the 8th November the A-level mathematicians braved the annual UKMT Senior Maths Challenge. This is a 90 minutes paper with 25 multiple choice questions. The questions are challenging and require creative use of maths to solve correctly. Across the world about 100,000 students take part every year.
Gold certificates are awarded to the top 10% of scores. Silver to the next 20%, and Bronze to the next 30%.
We had an excellent set of results this year. The best in college was by Jonathan James. Silver certificates went to Will Feneley, Maciej Kozodoj, Tim Wayland, Charlie Sopp, Luke Feneley, Josh Robb, Tom Daly, Chant Muir, Luke Osborn. Bronze certificates went to Emilia Latter, Joe Vertigan, Tiarna Meehan and Toby Collins.
Well done to everyone who took part.
Charlie Sopp, Y13 tells us more about the challenge:
Earlier in November, I took part in this year's Senior Team Maths Challenge at CNS in Norwich, along with my team mates Luke Osborn, Toby Collins and Josh Robb.
Together, we found the experience quite daunting, but discovered we found the complex and challenging questions greatly enjoyable. Even the questions that we were unable to answer kept us intrigued, as they taught us new ways to use our current mathematical knowledge.
We were up against some of the biggest brains in Norfolk, so the competition was tough. In the end, we came a respectable 16th out of 23 colleges in the whole of the Norfolk area, and would definitely recommend the experience to any future aspiring mathematicians.