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Maths Olympiad for Girls 

During October a number of Sixth Form students had an opportunity to participate in the UK Maths Trust’s Mathematical Olympiad for Girls. The 2½ hour competition was established to encourage girls and young women from across the country to tackle advanced mathematical problems and to provide students with an opportunity to develop the skills required for admission to top universities.

This was the first time Blue Coat entered this competition in numbers and we are pleased to report that three students achieved Distinctions, with four further students tantalisingly close to receiving a  Distinction.

Well done to all students who participated.

Senior Team Maths Challenge 

November saw the return of the UK Maths Trust’s Senior Team Maths Challenge, with four students from Years 12 and 13 selected to represent The Blue Coat School at the regional final.

Schools from across the region descended on Liverpool North Academy for this highly competitive event. In spite of facing strong competition throughout, our students emerged top to secure their place in the National Final.  

We wish the team the very best of luck as they prepare to travel to London to represent Blue Coat in February.  

Congratulations to all students.

Senior Maths Challenge 

For our Year 11, 12 and 13 students, the Senior Maths Challenge represents an excellent opportunity to stretch and challenge their skills. The competition, which took place in early November, saw Blue Coat students put in a notably strong performance, achieving 21 Gold, 50 Silver and 43 Bronze certificates. In addition to this, 21 students qualified for the follow-on rounds.

Particularly impressive, five students qualified for the British Maths Olympiad Round 1; a record number of students in recent years. This 3 ½ hour competition consists of 6 problems requiring full written solutions.

Congratulations to all 5 students on their impressive achievement and to the 16 students who qualified for the Senior Kangaroo, a one-hour competition consisting of 20 problems.

UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

During November, Blue Coat Computer Science students took part in the UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge. It is organised in over 40 countries and has been designed to get students all over the world excited about computing. Each challenge is made of a set of short problems called Bebras tasks. The tasks are fun, engaging and based on problems that Computer Scientists enjoy solving. The tasks can be solved without prior knowledge and require logical thinking.

Students performed well achieving certificates in each of the three age categories entered as follows:

  • Junior (Y7) – 49 Distinctions and 44 Merits
  • Intermediate (Y8/9) – 61 Distinctions and 63 Merits
  • Senior (Y10/11) – 23 Distinctions and 22 Merits

Particular congratulations go to one Year 7 student who has qualified for the final round of the competition, which will take place in Oxford in January 2020.

Additionally, the top 10% of students nationally will be invited to enter a follow-on competition, the TCS Oxford Computing Competition in March 2020. This will involve an impressive 161 Blue Coat Computer Scientists.

The entry fees associated with the above competitions were generously paid for by our Development Fund supporters. Ensuring our students have access to a wide variety of opportunities outside of the classroom is an integral part of Blue Coat School life. If you would like to become a Development Fund supporter, or if you would like to find out more information, please click here or contact the Development Team at

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