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Success for Leysian Mathematicians

In October, 87 pupils took part in this year’s Senior Maths Challenge. Nine received the coveted Gold Award with a special mention going to Kyle Y in Year 12 for being named Best in School. In addition, four of our pupils were invited to sit the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls at the end of September and we were delighted to hear that Sharon D in Year 11 was awarded a Certificate of Distinction.

The Senior Maths Challenge is a prestigious competition run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust and requires pupils to complete a 90-minute multiple choice challenge. The aim is to encourage mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. This year at The Leys, as well as the nine pupils who were awarded the Gold award, 29 received Silver and a further 21 were awarded Bronze. All the Gold award holders have qualified to sit the Senior Kangaroo and we look forward to hearing about their continued success.

Ms Evans, Head of Maths, commented: “We were thrilled to have so many pupils take part this year in the Senior Maths Challenge and perform as well as they did. It is fantastic to have so many come away with the Gold Award, only being achieved by the top 8-9% of the entrants, and it is particularly impressive that four of them are pupils in Year 11.

“Well done also to Sharon D whose achievement in the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls places her in approximately the top 5% of candidates, a huge achievement since this competition is aimed at Sixth Formers. Sharon consistently shows her commitment to the subject and impresses us with her enthusiasm to get involved with every extension opportunity. This result was very well deserved.”