Congratulations to our S1 & 2 Pupils who both participated and won certificates in the Junior UK Mathematical Challenge. This is a challenging Mathematical problem solving competition which is done without a calculator for 1 hour under exam conditions. These are marked externally by the UK Mathematical Trust at via The University of Leeds. Everyone who was selected to do the competition received a participation certificate for their efforts. Medal Certificate winners are only awarded to the top 30% of scores in the country, and we particularly proud of our 5 Bronze and 1 Silver Certificate Winner in their achievements.
The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths among pupils in secondary schools in the UK. There are three levels of difficulty covering the secondary school range 11-18, together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4,000 schools and colleges.
The Junior Challenges is aimed at pupils in S1/2, the Intermediate Challenge is aimed at pupils in S3/4 and the Senior Challenge is aimed at pupils in S5/6.
The Maths Challenge question papers are taken in school on the date shown below and returned to the UKMT for marking. The Senior Challenge takes 90 minutes and the Intermediate and Junior Challenges are one hour long.
The papers contain 25 multiple choice questions. Of these, the first 15 should be accessible to most children who are confident in mathematics whilst the final 10 will provide more food for thought and will challenge even the best pupils. Gold, silver and bronze certificates are awarded to 40% of participants nationally in the Junior and Intermediate Challenges, and 60% of participants nationally in the Senior Challenge. The most successful participants at each level are invited to enter follow-on rounds; Kangaroos (multiple choice questions) or Olympiads requiring full written answers.