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Students at EN received a record set of results in this year’s UKMT Senior Maths Challenge; 6 golds, 8 silvers and 23 bronzes. Over 82,000 pupils from across the UK took part in the Maths Challenge with the top 10% receiving a gold certificate, the next 20% silver and the next 30% bronze.

Of those receiving a gold certificate, the very best are invited to sit one of the follow-on competitions; the British Mathematical Olympiad or Senior Kangaroo. Jacob Archbold and Matthew Legg qualified for the Olympiad, whilst Kraig Wymer-Webb and Ross Downham qualified for the Senior Kangaroo. To get four students qualify for this shows the unbelievably high level of mathematical talent at EN.

Jacob and Matthew particularly returned extremely impressive results, with Jacob’s score of 111 (out of a practically unattainable 125) and Matthew’s 109 both beating former EN student and current Head of Maths Tom Cheongvee’s best score from over a decade ago. Considering Tom is a Cambridge graduate this is no mean feat and the college has high hopes for the current group of Year 13 students who have been going through their Oxbridge interviews over the last couple of weeks.

The strong Year 13 results are partially due to six EN students taking part in the pilot STEP correspondence course run by Cambridge University. Each fortnight students get set an assignment for which student’s email their answers back to Cambridge and receive feedback from a Cambridge PhD student.

Head of Maths Tom Cheongvee said: “The pilot scheme is aimed at increasing students’ problem solving skills and chances of success in University entrance exams. Those taking part have found it challenging but extremely rewarding and useful for their university applications.”

Pictured - The Maths Challenge Winners Group with Dr. Catherine Richards, Tom Cheongvee & Chair of Governors, Lorna Anderson.

See all award winners in this year's Maths Challenge Winners gallery.

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