Students excel in the UKMT Maths Challenge

LIVING BY NUMBERS: Beacon Academy students are proud of their achievements

Beacon Academy pupils in Years 9 to 11 celebrate their impressive results in a global mathematical and problem-solving competition…


Maths students from Beacon Academy in Crowborough have been praised by the secondary school’s staff for doing so well in the recent UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Intermediate Maths Challenge.

The national competition aims to further the learning and enjoyment of maths for children at junior, intermediate and senior levels.

UK Mathematics Trust is a registered charity that was established in 1996. It works with hundreds of volunteers across the UK to organise both national and global competitions that promote mathematical enrichment through problem-solving, teamwork and other activities.

Beacon Academy students in Years 9 to 11 volunteered to enter this year’s intermediate competition, which is designed to stimulate mathematical problem-solving skills at a high level.

Over 300,000 students in these year groups, from both the UK and around the world take part in the virtual challenge, which lasts 60 minutes and comprises 25 taxing multiple-choice questions.

One of the Academy’s maths teachers, Mrs Bigwood, commented: “Choosing to participate deserves recognition alone, and we commend all students who took part.

“The top 40 per cent of all participants nationally are awarded a bronze, silver or gold award, with the highest-scoring students going through to the next round,” Mrs Bigwood added.

“Six students were among the 8,000 globally who scored highly enough to be invited to the follow-on ‘Kangaroo Round’. Two of our students then came in the top 25 per cent of these contestants and were awarded Certificates of Merit.”

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