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UKMT Team Challenge and Masterclass

Congratulations to Lottie, Sean, Amelia and Mary for coming 6th in the regional final of the UKMT Team Maths Challenge. The team of year 8 and 9 students took part in challenging tasks that encourage mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.

UKMT team challenge

Three of our year 8 pupils Mieko, Emily and Jacob recently took part in The Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses. Ri Mathematics Masterclasses are hands-on and interactive extracurricular sessions led by top experts from academia and industry for keen and talented young people all around the UK. The unique sessions go beyond the school curriculum and bring maths and engineering to life in surprising topics such as art and sculpture, design, medicine and cryptography. The Masterclasses aim to open the eyes of young people to the excitement, beauty and value of mathematics and in turn, inspire the next generation.

RI Mathematics Masterclass

Guest speaker

We were very fortunate to have leading mathematician Dr. Nira Chamberlain talk to pupils. A small number of pupils in years 7-10 which have shown sustained effort and perseverance were offered to attend Nira's talk as a reward. 

Dr Nira Chamberlain is listed by the Science Council as ‘one of the UK’s top 100 Scientist’. Furthermore in 2015, Nira became the first Black mathematician to join the exclusive list of distinguish living British mathematicians who feature in the biographical reference book Who’s Who. To find out more about his work click here.

Nira guest speaker

Nira’s recommendation to any aspiring mathematician is that “You don’t need anybody’s permission to be a great mathematician!”. Nira solves what appears to be impossible because he always finds a way. He reminded us at school teachers and examiner provide us with solvable problems so be a 'never quit' mathematician.

   Nira Chamberlain a never quit mathematician

Junior Maths Challenge

Congratulation to the year 7 and 8s that took part in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge. The UKMT organises the UK's biggest national maths competitions.In the Junior Challenge the top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3 and each school receives a Best in School certificate.

Well done to Amelia in year 8 and Christopher in year 7 for obtaining the best in year certificate. Christopher also got the Best in School certificate and will go on to take part in the next round the Kangeroo challenge. Overall the pupils obtained 5 gold, 10 silver and 24 bronze certificates. The gold certificate winners were Amelia, Mary, Ben, Christopher and Ivy. The silver certificate winners were Laura, Herbie, Will, Zipporah, Marli, Seb, Jamie, Benita, Callum and Candice. Lastly the bronze certificate winners were Reuben, Daniel, Annalise, Mieko, Molly, Josiah, Emily, Holly, Katie, Joanna, Harry, Cyril, Joshua, Solomon, Kyle, Alan, Molly, Naomi, Phoebe, Finlay, Callum, Frank and Joseph. Congratulations to all those that entered.


Maths Club

Maths club is on Thursday lunchtime 12:45 to 1:30 in M5 and M6. All are welcome. Maths club provides support for homework, fun activities, logic puzzles, maths games and more.


Pupils wishing to extend and enrich their mathematical learning may be interested in joining The Society of Young Mathematicians (SYMS). It is a society for all young people who enjoy mathematics, whether they are in a primary or secondary school. Members are part of a national organisation which motivates and encourages young mathematicians.

Pupils are also given the opportunity to take part in the United Kingdom Maths Trust Challenge and other team challenges.


Maths equipment is available to purchase from the maths foyer. Calculators are available for £5.50. Revision guides are £2.50.

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