Maths Challenge Success

15 first and second year Mathematics and Further Mathematics A Level students from Penwith College entered the Senior Maths Challenge on Friday 7 November and achieved 13 individual awards. The Senior Maths Challenge is a national competition in which students solve problems linked to geometry, abstract thinking and number theory. Overall, the Penwith College students achieved five gold (results in the top 10% nationally), five silver (results in the top 10-30% nationally) and three bronze certificates (results in the top 30-60% nationally).

Of those receiving gold certificates, the top 1,000 students go through to the British Mathematical Olympiad. Penwith College has two students going forward to this next stage and, in addition to this, three students who were placed in the top 6000 students nationally will be going forward to the Senior Kangaroo round.

Penwith College also had a team of four students taking part in the Senior Team Maths Challenge on Wednesday 20 November. This challenge involved students working through a series of mathematical challenges as a group, scoring points for each round, and is very competitive. The Penwith College team achieved a well-deserved third place behind sister college Truro College who won, and Newquay Tretherras School, who came second.

Maths Challenge Success at Penwith College

Mathematics lecturer Jenny George said: “I am really proud of the effort that all of the students have put into the Senior Maths Challenges. They’re not easy and are time pressured, it was great to see our students take it all in their stride. They worked extremely well together in the team challenge and we all had lots of fun practising.”

Head of A Levels at Penwith College, Sarah Alexander, said: “I am delighted with this result. We do have a group of very talented mathematicians here at Penwith College who all challenge each other, and their excellence is guided by our fantastic team of maths lecturers who work stoically to ensure that every student not only reaches their potential but exceeds their own expectations. Our Maths students continue to achieve outstanding results allowing them to progress onto a wide range of higher education opportunities, which this year included: Mechanical Engineering (Sheffield), PPE (York), Economics (Bristol), Economics (Exeter), Medical Sciences (Exeter), Neuroscience (Exeter).”