Students Show Class in Maths Challenge

Expert maths students showed off their numerical talents in a national competition.
The students at The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent won one silver and five bronze between them.
The Academy enters students in the prestigious competition every year.
Mike Holt, who teaches Maths at the Academy, said “We run the UKMT, as I want to give able students the chance to succeed outside of the classroom. It gives those students the chance to receive a nationally recognised certificate for future reference if they want to pursue further education with Maths.”
“The standard in the competition is fierce; you’ve got the best teenage maths brains in the country all trying to earn a certificate. I’m incredibly proud of the students that entered and the certificates they have earned.”
Ashley Young, who won Silver, said “It’s a chance to compare yourself nationally, not just against the other students in your class. It gives you a good indication of the competition for places on maths courses at College and University.” The Intermediate Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 11 or below. The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour and is sat in the Academy under normal exam conditions.
The challenge is organised and marked by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) and certificates go to students who are in the 40 per cent of students nationally.
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