Sixth-formers rise to national maths challenge

Sixth Form students at Trinity Academy have celebrated their achievements in the first national maths competition of this academic year.

Pictured receiving their certificates are: back row (L-R), Mazen Hamdi (silver), Samuel Oxpring (bronze), Jasmine Wood (bronze); middle row, Erick Daleon (bronze), Luke Randall (bronze) and Tharmisha Ramamoorthy (silver); front, Jay Green (silver) and Olivia Jenkins (silver). Not pictured is Shannon Jones-Wright (bronze).

The UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of young people in mathematics. It organises national mathematics competitions for 11- to 18-year-old school pupils and last academic year more than 600,000 pupils from 4,000 schools took part in the three individual challenges (Senior, Intermediate and Junior), making it the UK’s biggest national maths competitions. The top scoring students go on to sit a follow-on Olympiad round.

In November, 30 Trinity students took part in the Senior challenge, with four of them going on to win a silver award and five achieving bronze.

Head Boy Jay Green – who came top in both his year group and in the school overall – narrowly missed out on a gold award and a place in the next round; frustratingly, by just one mark. He is, however, pragmatic. “I did win gold in the same competition last year,” he said. “This year though, I had to prioritise my application to Cambridge university. If I’m successful, then it will have been worth it!”

Fellow silver award-winner Mazen Hamdi only joined Trinity Academy in Year 11, but has already “managed to catch up and even excel in maths”. He added: “I strongly believe that the great teachers here have played a huge role in my achievements.” Mazen is determined to continue striving for academic excellence and is looking forward to reaping the rewards in his A Level exams next year.

Trinity’s head of Mathematics, Jonathan Robson, said that the competition was all about giving students the opportunity to stretch themselves by doing hard things. “The maths challenge lets some of our best and brightest maths students experience the subject in a different way,” he said. “It also means they get to pit their wits against other students from across the country in a high-stakes competition.”

Students lower down the academy will have their chance to shine in the next two rounds, with the Intermediate challenge (for Years 9, 10 and 11) in February and the Junior event (for Years 7 and 8) next April.