On Thursday 5th November Blue Coat students sat the Senior Maths Challenge, a 90 minute multiple-choice problem-solving paper aimed at students in Year 11, 12 and 13. Approximately 100,000 students from across the UK sat the Challenge, with roughly the top 10% receiving a Gold certificate, the next 20% Silver and the next 30% Bronze.
This year our talented mathematicians achieved an impressive 14 Gold, 40 Silver and 46 Bronze certificates, with nine students also qualifying for the Senior Kangaroo follow-on round on Friday 27th November.
Congratulations to all students who took part but special mention should be made of Jonathan Liu who was awarded a Gold Certificate in Year 10 and Robert Paraoan, Mohammed Salam, Yvonne Lam and Katie Burt who were awarded a Silver Certificate in Year 10.
Gold Certificate Winners (*Senior Kangaroo Qualifiers):
Kenny Barraclough*, Isabella Wignall*, Ryan Veryard*, Thomas Smith*, Michael Hughes*, Max Thelan, Alex Hopkins, Chanelle Kadiri, Sam Jones*, Joseph Day-Evans*, Adam Moorcroft*, Adam McBreen*, Alex Gaffney and Jonathan Liu.
Two sample questions from this year’s Senior Maths Challenge are:
What is ? 2015² − 2016 × 2014
A -2015 B -1 C 0 D 1 E 2015
When Louise had her first car, 50 litres of petrol cost £40. When she filled up the other day, she noticed that 40 litres of petrol cost £50.
By approximately what percentage has the cost of petrol increased over this time?
A 50% B 56% C 67% D 75% E 80%