MORE than 60 King’s Ely students won awards in this year’s Intermediate Maths Challenge.

Over 200,000 school pupils from across the UK took part in this year’s contest, including 82 students from King’s Ely. Twelve King’s Ely pupils were awarded Gold certificates, 24 students won Silver and 25 scooped Bronze awards. Three King’s Ely students also qualified for the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad and nine students qualified to sit the European Kangaroo paper.

King’s Ely’s top performers were Ella Hao, 15, who achieved best in school and in King’s Ely International, and Rebecca Garrett, 15, who achieved the best in Year 11. Joe Lau, 15, was the best in Year 10 and Thomas Kim, 14, was the best in Year 9. Ella, Joe and Daniel Grapes, 15, will now go on to sit the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad. Ella’s score has also resulted in her being invited to attend the National Mathematics Summer School.

Six Year 8 pupils at King’s Ely Junior also competed for the first time this year. They were Eleanor MacGillivray, George Goodfellow, George Collier, Matthew Danes, Rory Morgan and Joel Ezana. The young mathematicians brought home two Silver and two Bronze awards to King’s Ely, as well as a Gold award, which was achieved by Eleanor, 13. As a result, Eleanor qualified for the European Kangaroo paper.

Head of Mathematics at King’s Ely, Audrienne Bezzina, commented: “Our students’ achievements in the Intermediate Maths Challenge this year were fantastic. Roughly only the top 6% of students achieve a Gold certificate, the next 13% Silver and the next 21% Bronze. From the original entrants, only one in 400 are invited to take part in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad papers and around 11 in 400 are invited to sit the European Kangaroo papers. The follow-on rounds will be held on March 16th 2017 and we wish all of our mathematicians the best of luck.”

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