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Stoke College Students solve Mathematics Challenge problems

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Year 12 Mathematics students at Stoke College recently completed the National Senior Mathematics Challenge competition, achieving a tremendous set of results.

Amir T, from Iran, achieved Gold and Best in School. He has also qualified for entry to the ensuing Andrew Jobbings Senior Kangaroo round which is a 60-minute paper based on problem-solving, in which every single answer is a positive integer less than 1000. A high score requires engagement with the problems, without the benefit of five options to choose from. Only 6,000 qualifiers are invited to take part, nationally, in the Senior Kangaroo which takes place on 2nd December.

Patrick B, Sienna F-M, Eloise B-D and Ailin N were each awarded Silver, while Sean McK, Josh S, Tom P, Oscar M and Saffron B, all achieved Bronze medals.

Set and organised by the UK Mathematics Trust, The Senior Mathematical Challenge is a 90-minute, multiple-choice challenge. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. All participants start with 25 points: 4 marks are awarded for each correct answer and 1 mark deducted for each that is incorrect. In order to achieve a Gold Award, students must gain at least 85 marks, 66 for a Silver and 49 for a Bronze Certificate. Certificates are only awarded to the top 66% of participants nationally.

Faye Shane, Head of Mathematics at Stoke College, commented: “This is a great set of results, I am so proud of the Year group. They have all engaged superbly with the challenges presented to them, gaining tangible enjoyment from the problems they were asked to solve. It is incredibly rewarding to teach a group of young people who so clearly share our passion for mathematics.”  

Stoke College will be holding an Open Morning on Saturday 22nd January, although places for entry at Years 7, 9 and 12 are filling up fast. In August, the College celebrated A Level results of 90% A*-A and at GCSE students achieved 60% grades 7 – 9.