Maths Maestros

35 of the Academy's most able maths students from years 9, 10 and 11 recently sat the Uk Intermediate Maths Challenge.

The Intermediate Mathematical Challenge is a 60-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at students across the UK. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. The problems on the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think. Most are accessible, yet still challenge those with more experience.


Of the 35 entrants, 3 achieved a gold award, 13 a silver award and 9 a bronze award.  The highest achieving in Y9 was Jamie Donahue with a silver award, whilst Helen Harker came top in Y10 and also achieved a gold award.  Andrew Ormrod gained the most marks in Y11 and a gold award, along with Luke Pattison who also a gold award student. 

For Andrew and Luke it is their third time as award winners and both have previously been the top achievers in their year group.  Both boys hope to continue to study maths after GCSE.

Andrew, Luke and Helen will now have the opportunity to compete in the Pink Kangaroo challenge and Jamie in the Grey Kangaroo.  Entry to these challenges is by invitation only.  Why Kangaroo?  The UK Maths Trust is a member of the Association Kangourou sans Frontières, a collaborative association whose purpose is to promote mathematics among young people around the world. Around six million young people take Kangaroo competitions each year.  The name Kangaroo acknowledges the contribution made by Australia to establishing large-scale mathematics contests.

Well done to everyone who took part in the challenge