The Intermediate Maths Challenge
The Intermediate Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 11 or below and is run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust. The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour and is sat in school under normal exam conditions. It took place on February 2nd.
The top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3 and each institution receives a Best in School certificate. Around 500 of the highest scorers in each school year are invited to take part in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad papers: Cayley, Hamilton and Maclaurin for year 9, 10 and 11 and equivalent. A further 5,500 pupils from across all three year groups are invited to sit either the grey or pink European Kangaroo papers. These are one-hour papers with 25 multiple choice questions, taken by pupils from over 30 countries worldwide.
20 of our most able year 8 Mathematics students took the challenge and we have just received the results.
Congratulations to Rupert Miles for gaining a Gold certificate and achieving Best in School. Rupert has also qualified to take part in the Grey Kangaroo round.
Congratulations also go to Henry Blatchford and Benji Tucker who both received Silver certificates. Henry has also qualified to take part in the Grey Kangaroo round.
Stan Allfrey and Jack Cartwright gained Bronze certificates, which is also an impressive accomplishment considering it is only pupils in years 9, 10 and 11 who take part in most schools.
Well done to all 5 boys for performing so well. It certainly looks like they will be qualifying for the Olympiad papers in the years to come if this is the level at which they are already performing.
If you would like try the questions from the Intermediate Challenge click on the link below:
and the all-important solutions can be found at