Solihull Senior Maths Challenge

Gifted mathematicians at The Sixth Form College, Solihull took part in a competition with their peers last week in the Solihull heat of the national Senior Team Mathematics Challenge.

Solihull Senior Team Maths Challenge

Held at the College, 16 teams of the best mathematics students from local schools and colleges tackled a series of demanding mathematical challenges for over three hours. The competition was organised jointly by the Further Mathematics Support Programme and the UK Mathematics Trust and sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc.

Students from Arden Academy, Arrow Vale RSA Academy, Bromsgrove School, Coleshill School, Holly Lodge High School, John Wilmott School, King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls, King Edwards School, King Henry VIII School, Kings Norton Girls’ School, Myton School, Solihull School, St Peter’s RC School, Tudor Grange Academy and Warwick School 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 mathematics students by focusing on problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills.

The Sixth Form College, Solihull team consisted of Daniel Blythe, James Collins, Joy Harris and James Neill. They finished in 8th place in this very competitive heat.

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

“Congratulations to all four students for taking on a very tough challenge and for representing the College so well. The questions involved highly advanced maths and they were up against other very gifted mathematicians. 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 on 6 February 2018. The competition is now in its 12th year and attracts over 1,200 teams from schools and colleges from around the UK.

24 November 2017