Pupils in S4-S6 have once again impressed in the UKMT’s Senior Mathematical Challenge competition, which took place in early November. Twenty six pupils took part, with three gold, eight silver and eleven bronze certificates. The three pupils who earned a gold award, Jack C and Yersin O (S5) and Henry J (S4) will go on to participate in round 1 of the British Mathematical Olympiad on Thursday 26 November. 

Delighted with the pupil interest in extra-curricular Mathematics, Head of Department Mr Fogiel shares: “Extra curricular competitions are very much part of the DNA of the Mathematics Department, and this year's results are simply staggering. To see pupils rising above the very difficult circumstances they’ve endured over the past 9 months makes us immensely proud of their achievements. ”

The Senior Mathematical Challenge is a national competition run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust. Contestants face 25 multiple choice mathematics questions without access to a calculator. The British Mathematical Olympiad is a follow-on competition, with only around 1000 pupils across the whole of the UK invited to take part. 

Try out these sample Senior Mathematical Challenge questions below:

1. What is the remainder when 1234 x 5678 is divided by 5? 
a) 0
b) 1
c) 2
d) 3
e) 4     

2. What is the largest prime factor of 1062 - 152?
a) 3
b) 7
c) 11
d) 13
e) 17