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Mathematic Success for Bright Pupils at Culford


In February, a number of Culford pupils from the top maths sets in Fourth Form, Lower 5th and Upper 5th entered the Intermediate Maths Challenge; a very popular competition for pupils across the UK, organised by the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT).

This in itself is a challenging mathematical test. The types of questions involved in the competition are very different to those in the IGCSE, and rely on aspects of mathematics and problem solving that are not generally included in the core curriculum.

From this Challenge, eight Culford pupils qualified automatically for one of the two tiers of follow-on rounds.

Three pupils entered the very highest tier of competition, the Intermediate Olympiad, to which only about 500 students per year group from the whole of the UK are invited to enter. This is a very demanding paper, requiring students to demonstrate an appreciation of some much higher level concepts of mathematics and to articulate proof in a way that is not normally required, even in A level Further Mathematics.

All three students performed extremely well. Alice Yuan gained a merit and both Michael Liu and Rudi Zhu gained gold medals, placing in the top 100 and top 50 students in the country respectively.

This is a remarkable achievement for Culford and is one of great credit to the individuals involved, who, having qualified for the Olympiad, immediately sought extra tuition and guidance in order to perform well on the day. They have exceeded expectations and are to be congratulated wholeheartedly on such a fine achievement.

These pupils are all on our ISY programme (U5) and competed in the UKMT Maclaurin Olympiad, to which only about 500 students per year group from the whole of the UK are invited to enter. Alice Yuan gained a merit and both Michael Liu and Rudi Zhu gained gold medals, placing in the top 100 and top 50 students in the country respectively.
Published: May 12 2017

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