Success in Senior Maths Challenge

Earlier in the term, over 60 girls took part in the UK Senior Maths Challenge.  Over 80,000 pupils from across the UK took part in this year’s challenge.

Bronze is awarded to those girls who finished between the 40th and 70th percentiles nationally. Silver is awarded to those girls who finished between the 70th and 90th percentiles nationally. Gold awards are given to the top 10% nationally.

Approximately 7,000 of the top achievers are invited to sit one of the follow-on competitions, either the British Maths Olympiad or the Senior Kangaroo.  Particular congratulations goes to Raka in Year 9 for qualifying for the Olympiad again and to Emily in Year 13 who qualified for the Kangaroo.  Those competitions took place on Friday 30th November and we await the results!

Congratulations also to Beth and Katelyn as Best in Year 11 and 12 respectively and to all those girls who received awards but also well done to those who took part.  The questions are very difficult! Girls in Year 12 and below will have the opportunity to do it again next year too!

An example of a question from this year’s challenge: The positive integer 2018 is the product of two primes.  What is the sum of these two primes?

A: 1001
B: 1010
C: 1011
D: 1100
E: 1101

The answer is below the school results table - did you get it right?

Breakdown of school Awards

Award Year 9 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13

Mia Taylor
Anne Capewell

Megan Griffiths Tucker
Louise Kiely
Anna McBurney
Rachel Whitfield
Arina Romashova
Jasleen Sambhi
Eleanor Lloyd Brown


Rebecca Owen
Natasha Kimber
Maisie Eddleston
Emma Brierley
Tanvi Goel
Silver   Beth Tenner Katelyn Harrington Geraldine Hanna
Gold Raka Chattopadhyay     Emily Veitch
Best in Year   Beth Tenner Katelyn Harrington Emily Veitch
Best in School Raka Chattopadhyay      

The answer is C. 2x1009 = 2018. 2 + 1009 = 1011