Congratulations to all the Maths students who took part in this year’s Senior Maths Challenge, some fantastic results to celebrate. Out of 104 Alton College participants, students achieved 16 Golds, 29 Silvers and 33 Bronzes.
The number of gold students once again increased from last year, and it is the highest total number of awards Alton College has ever had in all the years that students have been participating in the challenge. The overall total of 78 awards is above the 60% of participants that nationally receive an award.
Three students, Lee Li, James Brand and Danny Wheeler, scored high enough to qualify for the British Maths Olympiad Round 1 (BMO1). With a score of 120 out of 125, Lee, a second-year Further Mathematician, was the top scorer for the College. James, another 2nd year Further Maths student, scored 107; Danny, a 1st year Double Maths student, scored 100. Only the top 1000 students, from 100,000 entrants across the country, qualify for the BMO1.
A further 13 students got through to the Senior Kangaroo (SK) round. They are: Adam Exley, Ben Roper, Ben Williams, Molly Bruce, Gavin Heffernan (2nd years), along with Ethan Aspinwall, Will Jones, Tom Day, Andrew Booth, Alex Bull, Tom Hood, Fred Chubb and Archie Harrison (1st years). The next 6000 best students, who don’t qualify for the BMO1, are invited to take the SK.
Anna Pickett, Joanna Hughes, Catherine Groom, Isobel Tickner and Arianne Wilson all took part in the Maths Olympiad for Girls earlier in the year. Arianne did particularly well, gaining a distinction and just missing out on an automatic BMO1 qualification. And Lee Li, James Brand, Danny Wheeler and Ethan Aspinwall will represent the college in the regional heat of the Senior Team Maths Challenge, which takes place on Wednesday 4th December, hosted on campus. Good luck to all!