Multiple Maths challenges tackled by top class students

13 February 2018

Every year, sixth form students from Shrewsbury Colleges Group take part in the UK Mathematics Trust Individual Senior Maths Challenge (UKMT).

In November, 51 students took part in this multiple choice question test, which is designed to stimulate interest in maths in pupils. The students gained multiple awards, with 17 achieving a bronze certificate, 16 achieving silver and 10 achieving gold. Nine of these students gained enough marks to take part in further challenges, where most gained merit awards.

In addition, students Connor Bennett, 18, from Much Wenlock and Georgie Bumpus, 18, from Shrewsbury achieved enough marks to qualify for the British Maths Olympiad and have since secured offers of places to study maths at Cambridge and Oxford respectively. Connor showed outstanding talent and gained full marks in one of the many challenges that he took on during this process.

Alongside the individual event the UKMT also holds a team challenge with the College’s team coming first in their regional heats against 16 other schools and colleges. The team was made up of Connor Bennett, Georgie Bumpus, Brody Wooding and Sam Morris, who spent Tuesday lunchtimes preparing and practising tasks.

The national final took place on February 6 in London where 86 teams competed from all over the UK. Unfortunately Georgie was away on a College trip, so student Tom Hilbert gallantly stepped in. The team put in a strong performance throughout the event to finish in 34th place.

Chris Sears, Curriculum Leader, said: “This has been the best year for the College in the maths challenge competitions and the first time we have qualified for the final. The students put in hours of their time preparing for the competition and we are delighted with their success.

“During the final they showed fantastic problem solving, team work and organisational skills against the clock. They are a credit to Shrewsbury Colleges Group.”

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