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Central Academy students take part in country wide Maths Challenge

Students preparing to start the Maths Challenge
Students preparing to start the Maths Challenge

[T]oday students from year 7 and 8 at Central Academy too part in the UK Maths Challenge. Student were selected to take part because of their outstanding performance in their maths lessons.

The UK Maths Challenge consists of lively, intriguing multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths in large numbers of pupils. The three levels cover the secondary school range 11-18 and together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4,000 schools and colleges.

Central Academy students are taking the test along with thousands of others in the UK at the same time.

Stephen Hurst, Maths Teacher organises the Academy’s participation in the UK Maths Challenge: “The Maths Challenge stretches students’ knowledge and gives them the opportunity to apply their skills in the subject to problem solving questions. It’s like an IQ test for Maths geeks.”

The UK Maths Trust organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for 11-18 year old UK school pupils.

They were established in 1996 and last academic year over 650,000 pupils from 4,500 schools took part in the three individual challenges, the UK’s biggest national maths competitions. Each challenge leads into a follow-on Olympiad round and. They run mentoring schemes and summer schools for high performing students as well as training a team of six to represent the UK in the International Mathematical Olympiad.