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Putting their knowledge to the test, our mathematicians participated in a number of competitions at the start of the new term. 

British Maths Olympiad Round 2 

On Thursday 30 January Year 12 student Safwan took part in the second round of the British Maths Olympiad. Sat by only 100 students nationally, this 3½ hour paper consists of 4 maths problems requiring full written solutions. Safwan is the first Blue Coat Student in recent times to qualify for this round and he should be congratulated on achieving an impressive Certificate of Merit.

Senior Maths Team Challenge 

At the start of February our senior maths team travelled down to London for the Senior Mathematics Team Challenge Final, held at the Royal Horticultural Halls, Westminster. Over 80 teams attended the competition, representing a variety of state and independent schools. Blue Coat’s team comprised of two Year 13 students Deniz and Rujun, and Callum and Arkar from Year 12. The team had an early start at Lime Street and spent the journey to Euston productively putting the final touches to their entry for the Poster Competition! After four gruelling rounds, the team finished in 58th place. Congratulations to all four students, and thanks to Mr York for accompanying the team.

Intermediate Maths Challenge 

The Intermediate Maths Challenge for Years 9-11 took place on Thursday 6 February and Blue Coat students gave an impressive, and record breaking, performance achieving 56 Gold, 83 Silver and 81 Bronze certificates; an amazing 220 certificates.

In additional, a phenomenal 73 students qualified for the follow-on rounds; 9 for the Intermediate Olympiad, a 2 hour paper consisting of 6 maths problems requiring full written solutions, and 64 for the Intermediate Kangaroo, a 1 hour paper consisting of 25 multiple choice maths problems. Both the competitions take place on Thursday 19 March.

Particular congratulations go to Year 11 student Aidan and Fred in Year 9 who were ‘Best in School’ and Olivia for ‘Best in Year 10’.

Special mention must also go to William, a Year 8 student who not only achieved a Gold certificate but also qualified for the Intermediate Olympiad, and to Alfie, a Year 7 student who achieved a Bronze certificate.

Well done to all students and good luck for the follow-on rounds!

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