College sweeps gold and silver at Senior Team Challenge

Students at a leading local college have been adding up the accolades at a recent national maths challenge.

Teams of A-Level Maths students and a few International Baccalaureate (IB) students from Truro and Penwith College battled for a place in the National finals of the UK Mathematics Trust Senior Team Challenge.

After being tested on their maths communication and teamwork skills, competing against school and college teams from across Cornwall, the Truro College team emerged victorious, with their peers from Penwith College only two points behind them in second place.

The victory for the Truro College team, which consisted of Finn Corney, Lloyd Stein, Louise Mitchell and Harley Norgate, will see them heading up to London in February, 2019 to represent Cornwall in the national finals.

In total, around 120 Truro and Penwith College students sat the Maths Challenge. After 90 minutes of challenging maths problems, they were rewarded with 45 bronze certificates, 26 silver and nine gold.

Eight students qualified for the ‘Senior Kangaroo’ follow-on maths challenge, with Finn Corney’s individual achievement seeing him qualify for the first round of the prestigious British Mathematical Olympiad.

“Our team performed incredibly during the challenge, really working hard together to achieve great results. Our winning team are very much looking forward to travelling to London in February to represent Truro College in the SMTC National finals, we wish them every success,” said Jan Dangerfield, Lecturer of Maths at Truro College.

Jamie Nevill, Maths lecturer at Penwith College, was delighted with the Penwith team’s results, saying: “The Penwith team was made up of four first year students so to come second, making it a 1-2 win for Truro and Penwith was great. I was impressed with their teamwork and mental agility, particularly since they have only been at College three months. If this is how well they can do after three months – watch this space for next year’s results.”