By Richard Ellis, Teacher of Mathematics in Secondary

This year has been a record breaking one in terms of the overall number of certificates and particularly Gold certificates won by our students sitting the UKMT Challenges. Of the Senior Challenge students, four of the Gold certificate winners, Diego D and Minanga J from Year 13, and Kethan F and Carlos L from Year 12, gave up their lunchtimes to became Student Mentors of Mathematics (SMoMs), planning and teaching lessons for our Key Stage 4 students to build their confidence and enable more of them to achieve certificates. I don’t think it is any coincidence that Diego and Minanga were interviewed for Oxford University this year: proven problem solvers are highly sought after by the top universities and employers.

Maggie W and Steve W from Year 11 achieved near perfect scores in the Intermediate Challenge and qualified for the Olympiad this year, and two of our Year 10 students, Claudia S and Hortensia F, joined the SMoM team and taught our Key Stage 3 students every Tuesday in their lunchtimes.

Of the students who took part in the Junior Challenge, 14 were awarded Gold certificates, of which 10 would have qualified for the follow-on Kangaroo round. Ari H, Alexandru C and Karen W in Year 8 were very close to qualifying for the prestigious Olympiad, the highest level of competition.

We celebrated these fantastic achievements in Awards Celebrations and the students were in high spirits. It is very promising indeed that our students are achieving such fantastic results, but more importantly, they are excited about being involved and working together as a community across year groups. We should feel very proud of our students and our community and continue to promote academic excellence and celebrate achievements!