BSB Record Entries in UKMT Junior Maths Challenge

A record 120 Year 7 and 8 students of BSB Castelldefels and Sitges campuses took the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Junior Maths Challenge at the end of April, out of approximately 200,000 entrants. The challenge involves answering 25 intriguing multiple choice questions in 90 minutes and is sat in school under normal exam conditions, then returned to the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) for marking.

The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are designed to stimulate interest in Maths in large numbers of pupils. The three levels (Junior, Intermediate and Senior) cover the secondary school range 11-18 and together they attract over 650,000 pupils from 4,500 school and colleges worldwide. Each challenge leads into a follow-on Olympiad round. At the BSB this was a mathematical enrichment activity for our more talented Key Stage 3 mathematicians, which promotes problem solving and a keen curiosity about the fascinating world of Mathematics.

The Junior students enjoyed the activity and are looking forward to receiving their results in about 3 weeks’ time to see if they have achieved either a Gold, Silver or Bronze achievement certificate or have qualified to take part in the British Mathematical Olympiad. Only 1,000 students are invited to participate in the Olympiad. In Autumn Senior Challenge, Year 13 Eduard and Alex, did the first round of the British Maths Olympiad, so, we will keep our fingers crossed for our youngest mathematicians this time too!

Mr Oldfield feels very confident: “This year we have had the highest number of participants we’ve achieved at the BSB. As the students volunteer to take the challenge it shows the enthusiasm for Mathematics and competition that exists within the BSB. I would like to thank Mrs Sheehy for running the challenge for the students of the Sitges site, this being the first time the Junior challenge has been available to students from BSB Sitges.”


Further details of the UKMT and its Maths Challenges can be found at following website: