A Level Mathematics students from Shrewsbury Colleges Group (SCG) have won several awards in national competitions.
In November, 45 students took part in the prestigious UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Individual Senior Maths Challenge competition. The national competition challenges mathematical knowledge in unconventional ways, which encourages the students to learn valuable problem-solving skills.
The students gained multiple awards with 22 achieving a bronze award, 13 achieving a silver award and 3 achieving a gold award. Several students have gained enough marks to take part in further challenges, the Senior Kangaroo and the British Maths Olympiad.
Finn Pearson, previously of Meole Brace School, won gold and Best in Year said “The Maths Challenge is helpful as it forces you to apply familiar concepts into unfamiliar situations, often requiring more creative solutions. Doing well in the competition will help with university applications.”
Following their success, Finn Pearson and Grace Stephenson, previously of The Priory School, took part in the Senior Kangaroo competition. Both did fantastically well to achieve a merit award, finishing in the top 25% of students.
Leo Ellis, previously of Bishops Castle Community College, won Best in College and qualified for the next round, the British Maths Olympiad. Only the very highest scorers in the Maths Challenge can participate in this competition. Leo achieved a merit award.
“I did the Senior Maths Challenge because I enjoy A level Maths and problem solving,” said Leo. “The questions make you think hard for the solution in inventive ways and getting the right answer is always rewarding."