Students prepare for National Maths challenge

Young mathematicians are gearing up for a national challenge to problem solve their way to the top.

A selection of Pool Academy students from Years 9, 10 and 11 have been chosen to take part in this year’s United Kingdom Mathematics Trust’s Intermediate Mathematical Challenge.

The event is set to take place on Thursday, February 1, from 9.30am.

The aim of the challenge is to make students work through a number of mathematical problem solving challenges.

The highest performers in the event will be awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates.

Last year more than 250,000 students from across the UK took part and had to problem solve and think their way through 25 multiple choice exam questions.

Only six percent of those across the country who took part in the test were awarded a Gold certificate, 13 percent a Silver certificate and 21 percent a Bronze certificate.

At Pool Academy Gold, silver and Bronze certificates were handed out to students. It is hoped students will do even better in this year’s challenge.

Dene Williams, Maths teacher at Pool Academy, said: “Congratulations to the Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils who have been chosen to take part in the UKMT Intermediate maths challenge that takes place across the country on Thursday, February 1.

“I look forward to you achieving excellent scores and hopefully Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.”

Intermediate Challenge has been created for students in Year 11 or below who attend schools and colleges in the UK.