Dozens of talented mathematicians from a Bournemouth college added up their combined mental skills to score highly in a national competition.
More than 30 students from Harewood College came away with a clutch of gold, silver and bronze awards in the Intermediate Maths Challenge – with one Harewood student, Connor Claxton, qualifying so high that he is now officially in the top 2,000 Year 11 students in the whole country.
Connor scored gold in the intermediate round and was one of just 2,000 students in the UK to go on to qualify for the next round, called the ‘European pink kangaroo.’
Executive headteacher of Avonbourne Trust, Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, said: “We are incredibly proud of all our boys who entered the Maths Challenge.
“This is national competition of a very high level and to come away with a bronze, silver or gold shows excellent mathematical skills.
“So for Connor to not only achieve gold in this competition but to also succeed in the next level up shows exceptional skills.”
The Intermediate Maths Challenge, run by the UK Mathematics Trust, is aimed at able, gifted and talented maths students in years 9, 10 and 11.
In the challenge, competitors needed to answer 25 tough mathematical questions, which all required problem solving skills, in just an hour – and in exam conditions.
Only the highest scoring students were awarded bronze, silver and gold certificates.
Three Harewood boys received ‘best in year totals’ and a further four came home with golds, putting them in the top 6% of the competition. Ten students achieved silvers and a further 22 were awarded bronze medals.
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