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Culford Pupils Excel in UK Wide Maths Challenge


A number of pupils from the Fourth and Fifth Form and the International Study Programme recently sat the UK wide Intermediate Maths Challenge (IMC). This is a challenging maths paper, which is taken under formal exam conditions.

Pupils have to answer 25 questions on a variety of topics, including geometry, combinatorics and number theory. The questions are different to GCSE or A level exam questions and require a good level of problem solving skills.

The very best performing students in the country gain automatic qualification for the British Mathematical Olympiad, appropriate to their academic year. Generally, only about 550 pupils nationwide are invited per year group, although there are more than 1000 schools that enter the IMC.

Therefore, it was very pleasing to see that three of the Culford International Study Programme students qualified automatically for the Olympiad. This is an outstanding achievement for Michael Liu (U5), Alice Yuan (U5) and Ruidi Zhu (U5).

In addition, six more pupils automatically qualified for the follow on Kangaroo rounds.

This represents a tremendous all round performance, with 37 out of the 61 Culford entrants gaining certification at gold (10) silver (13) or bronze (14) level.
Published: March 2 2017

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