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Maths success in two national competitions 24/11/2015

Students are celebrating success in maths; the school has performed exceptionally well in two national competitions.

Year 11 student Josie Periam gained a Gold certificate in the recent United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Senior Challenge, with a fantastic mark of 83. The Senior Challenge is aimed at all Year 12 -13 students studying mathematics in England and Wales. The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in 90 minutes and is sat in school under normal exam conditions. However this year the school were allowed to enter lower year students as well, making their achievement even more exceptional. 87 students signed up to spend a voluntary hour and a half sitting a maths exam, producing some excellent results.

Alongside Josie’s Gold, Silver certificates were awarded to Year 13 student Abbie Spinks and Year 10 student Anagha Gijo. Of 87 entries (25 of which were from Year 10 and 11) the High School achieved one gold, six silver and 31 bronze.

Keen maths students have also entered teams in the National Cipher Challenge. Over 700 schools both from the UK and as far afield as Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Hawaii are competing to decrypt ciphers that uncover a mystery storyline.

The University of Southampton has been running the online code breaking competition for several years now.

So far 27 High School teams, comprising students from all years, have passed the first challenge in a series of eight. The competition is an extension activity running alongside students normal studies and is being approached with great enthusiasm and good natured competiveness. The challenge finishes in January with a prize giving ceremony at Bletchley Park, home of the Enigma.