On Thursday, 4th February, the Secondary Mathematics department of the school organised a new edition of their annual Intermediate UKMT Maths Challenge.
This Mathematics competition comprises three events every year: the Senior challenge, for Years 12 and 13, which usually takes place in the Autumn term; the Intermediate challenge in February; and the Junior challenge, for Years 7 and 8, which will be held in April.
This term’s Intermediate UKMT Maths Challenge involved as many as 83 students from Years 9, 10 and 11, who were requested to take a one-hour test of 25 Maths problems. Schools worldwide take part in the challenge with awards given for the high achieving students.
The BSB Secondary Maths teachers -Mr Oldfield, Ms Outram, Mr Ball, Mr Coughlan, and Mr Woodward- are keen to promote this kind of competitions, as they believe they are a fantastic opportunity for most students to achieve the enjoyment of problem solving and application of mathematical skills in a different way.
According to Mr Oldfield, “The Maths challenge stretches our gifted and talented students. Students are able to qualify for further rounds of the competition if the perform well.”
About the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust
UKMT is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of children and young people in Mathematics. The UKMT organises national Mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for 11-18 year old pupils.
It was established in 1996 and last academic year over 600,000 pupils from 4,000 schools took part in the three individual challenges, the UK’s biggest national Maths competitions.