Senior Maths Team Challenge

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

14 teams of Mathematics students from local schools and colleges visited the Widney Manor Road campus to tackle 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, Aylesford, Bromsgrove, Caludon Castle, King Edwards, King Edwards Camp Hill, Madinatul Uloom Al Islamiya, Myton, Ninestiles, St Peter’s, Southam Schools and The National Mathematics and Science College joined a team from the College in the competition. The aim of the competition was to provide an inspiring and entertaining challenge for 16-19 year-old A level Mathematics students, by focusing on problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills.

The College team consisted of Acacia Lynch, Robert Southall, Chris Wood and Connor Murray. They participated in three rounds of competition, which included a group problem-solving round, then a cross-number round and finally the mathematical shuttle. At the end of competition, King Edwards VI Camp Gill School for Girls came out on top.

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

“We were proud to host this very demanding mathematical competition and all the students who took part deserve congratulations for their efforts. Our four students represented the College extremely well and did us proud. This event involves highly advanced mathematical thinking and competition was fierce. All the students who participated enjoyed the event.”

The overall winners will go on to the national final in London next February. The competition is now in its 14th 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. 55 A level Maths students took part in this voluntary competition, sitting a very difficult test. 30 of those students gained certificates and several were just one question away from gaining a Gold award.

Curriculum Leader Scott Fisher commented:

“It was great to see so many of our A level Maths students challenging themselves in this way. There was no requirement to take on this difficult challenge, but they wanted to push themselves and I’m sure the experience will help them going forward in their studies. Getting certificates for so many of the students is a great achievement.”

2 December 2019