Perse students are far from average in national maths challenge
17 May 2016
Perse students were nearly five times as likely to win a Gold certificate as the average student who entered the recent Junior Maths Challenge. They were also twice as likely to receive a certificate of any colour- all 250 pupils in Years 7 and 8 entered the national challenge and around 80% were awarded a certificate, compared to only 40% nationally.
Teacher Dan Whelan congratulated the pupils on their success and explained the School’s approach:
“The Junior Maths Challenge promotes a much more imaginative, fun and investigative approach to maths than encountered in most textbooks and exam papers. As a department we like to encourage creative problem-solving through regular extension and enrichment activities, and the Junior Maths Challenge is a great opportunity for pupils to further develop these skills. While many schools only enter their top set mathematicians, we like to enter all of our Year 7 and 8 pupils to give everybody an equal opportunity to get involved. This makes our pupils’ successes even more impressive, and they should all be incredibly proud of their efforts.
“I extend particular congratulations to Michael Lin for achieving the highest score in Year 7 and to Rishi Tanna for getting the highest score in the School. Rishi only got two questions wrong in the entire paper, which is an exceptional effort!”
Eleven Perse pupils now progress to the prestigious Junior Maths Olympiad – a two-hour paper containing even more challenging problems – while a further 33 have been invited to sit to the Junior Kangaroo. Here is a full breakdown of our results:
- 82% of Year 8 pupils and 76% of Year 7 pupils were awarded a certificate, compared to 40% nationally
- 31% of pupils won a Gold certificate, compared to 7% nationally
- 24% of pupils won a Silver certificate, compared to 13% nationally
- 24% of pupils won a Bronze certificate, compared to 20% nationally
The Junior Maths Challenge is run by the UK Mathematics Trust.