Students excel in global mathematics competition
The UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Challenge Intermediate results are in, and three Shrewsbury students have recorded some fantastic results. 'Best in Year' went to Kevin in Year 9, Matthew in Year 11 and Pahn in Year 10, who also was recognised as having the best overall mark in the school.
UKMT's Shrewsbury organiser and Maths teacher, Ms Kim Van Wyck says the overall certificates received for the Year 9 candidates has leapt from 65% in 2019 to 88% in 2020; something that has pleased the maths department immensely.
"The department gave students daily exposure to increasingly difficult questions aimed at increasing their confidence and skills. These questions often involved more than one topic to solve in a series of steps", she explained.
These results were despite having a truncated competition due to COVID-19. The challenging Cayley, Hamilton and Maclaurin follow-on rounds (named for famed British and Irish mathematicians) were all cancelled.
Ms Van Wyck is delighted and proud of her students' efforts and hopes for even better results next year without any restrictions.
"The three students, Matthew, Kevin and Pahn, have all done an amazing job. However, I think the whole intermediate cohort has proven to themselves to be winners."
The Junior UKMT competition, which involves many Shrewsbury students among over 200,000 worldwide, was also held online for the first time in mid-June and results will be available soon. We look forward to finding them out!