Numbers add up for maths sixth formers in national competition

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The numbers added up for seven sixth formers from Ipswich when they took part in a competition called the senior maths challenge.

The learners – all studying at One - all gained gold awards in an event that is organised by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) and is also referred to as the maths Olympiad.

This made the group the most successful in the history of One in terms of this competition and the seven learners have just competed in the next stage known as the ‘kangaroo’ round.

If successful in this stage (kangaroo round) they will compete against other nations in an International event.

17 year old Haydn Ingram from Ipswich scored the top mark in terms of those who took part from One. He said, “It was good to progress in this competition.”

Chris Farmer is the Head of Curriculum of Maths at One. He said, “We have some really bright young people here at One and they’ve all done phenomenally well.”

Maths has seen a surge in applications over the last year and outstanding results, coupled with new opportunities to study Core Maths and AS maths, have seen it’s popularity soar.

(80,000 students took part in the first stage of the competition with 6,400 students progressing to the kangaroo round. According to organisers UKMT, those that scored well enough to take part in the kangaroo round are in the top 6pc of maths talent in the UK according. A total of eight students will be chosen to progress to the final International round).