UK Senior Maths Challenge
54 Queen Mary's students took part in the Senior Maths Challenge this year, with 45 of them gaining certificates. The event, which takes the form of a series of 25 mind-bending maths puzzles, took place on Tuesday 7th November. The problems get progressively more difficult, but are based mainly on GCSE knowledge. All questions are multi-choice, with five answers to choose from, but the catch is that wrong answers are penalized, so guessing is discouraged. Candidates get 4 marks for each correct answer, but lose a mark for each incorrect response. The Maths Challenge is run by the UK Mathematics Trust and most of the schools and colleges in the UK take part each year, with the highest achievers potentially going on to represent the country in international maths tournaments.
This year, we had more entrants than ever before, with the majority coming away with certificates for high scores. 21 students gained Bronze awards, 19 Silver and 5 won the prestigious Gold award. 9 of our students also qualified for the follow-up Kangaroo Challenge, which took place on Friday 1st December and we wait to hear their results. Special congratulations are due to Neil Wilson, who came top in year 13, and Oliver Barnes, the highest scoring year 12 student, along with the other seven who qualified for the Kangaroo Challenge.
Maths Results 2017
The mathematics department celebrated its best ever results this summer, with a 99% pass rate at A level and impressive grades achieved across all of the courses we offer. Based on their GCSE results, QMC students made exceptional progress over the two years, with every maths course seeing high progress scores compared with other schools and colleges. Students doing two A levels in Mathematics and Further Maths did particularly well, with 19 of the 26 gaining A*s in Mathematics and eight gaining A*s for both Mathematics and Further Maths. This achievement, taking into account their GCSE results, placed them in the top 1% of A level classes nationally. The majority of students go on to higher education, where they perform well, gaining more first and upper-second class degrees than the majority of other schools and colleges. This year, Queen Mary’s College sent students to read mathematics at both Oxford and Cambridge, reflecting the calibre of our students and the scale of success being achieved in the Mathematics Department. At a time of Brexit, when so much depends on our ability to produce the scientists, engineers and mathematicians of the future, it is very pleasing to know that Queen Mary’s College is achieving such great results for the young people of the Borough.