Maths student’s perfect score no mean feat

A Level student Louise Mitchell managed to beat the odds when she achieved a rare perfect score in an international mathematics competition.

Louise with her certificate and book prize

After entering the Maths Olympiad for Girls, Louise was pleased with her results but was not expecting to receive a perfect score. This was a rare achievement indeed as out of over 1000 entries, only 11 students in the UK achieved the perfect score, with the average being 44%.

The Olympiad itself was taken in exam-style conditions and the paper lasted two and a half hours with five questions to get through.

Of getting the perfect score, Louise said: “I was proud. I got a book prize and a certificate, and I got some smiley faces drawn on my paper by the marker.”

This wasn’t the only mathematical success for Louise, as a top score in the Senior Maths Challenge saw her selected to represent Truro College in the regional heat of the Senior Team Challenge, which her team then won with Penwith College coming third.

The Truro College team will represent Cornwall at the National final in London in February. 

The Truro College team competing in the Senior Maths Challenge

Louise with her fellow Truro College Senior Team Challenge team mates