Senior Maths Challenge

Exceptional mathematicians at The Sixth Form College, Solihull took part in the Solihull heat of the national Senior Team Mathematics Challenge, hosted by the College last week.

15 teams of Mathematics students from local schools and colleges tackled a series of demanding numerical challenges in this 3-hour event. The competition was organised jointly by the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP) and the UK Mathematics Trust and sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc.

Students from Alderbrook, Arrow Vale RSA, Bromsgrove, King Edward’s, King Edward VI Camp Hill, King Henry VIII, Myton, Ninestiles, Rugby High, St Benedict’s, St Martin’s, St Peter’s, Solihull and Tudor Grange Schools joined a team from the College in the competition. The aim of the competition was to provide a stimulating and enjoyable challenge for 16-19 year-old A level Mathematics students, by focusing on problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills.

The Sixth Form College, Solihull team consisted of Amelia-Anne Carse, Acacia Lynch, Zoe Mason and Matthew Maylin. They finished in 8th place in this very competitive heat.

Isabel Cooper, the organiser of the Solihull Heat, commented:

“We congratulate all the teams for their efforts in this very demanding competition and thank our four students for representing the College so well. This event involves highly advanced maths and competition was fierce. All the students who participated enjoyed the event, which we were delighted to host once again.”

At the end of the three rounds – first the group problem-solving round, then the cross-number and finally the mathematical shuttle, the overall winners were the team from King Edwards School, who will go on to the national final in London next February. The competition is now in its 13th year and attracts over 1,200 teams from schools and colleges from around the UK.

College Mathematicians have also been competing in the Senior Maths Challenge this term. A staggering 85 A level Maths students took part in this voluntary competition, sitting a very difficult test. 54 of those students gained certificates and several were just one question away from gaining a Gold award.

Curriculum Leader Scott Fisher commented:

“I was so pleased to see so many of our A level Maths students challenging themselves in this way. It involves demanding mathematical problem-solving and it’s not something they are required to take on, but they wanted the challenge and I’m sure the experience will help them going forward in their studies. Getting certificates for 54 of the students is a great achievement.”

26 November 2018