School News | Record year for John Hanson Maths studentsEarly in February 40 students from John Hanson’s year 9 to 11 took part in the UK Schools Intermediate Mathematics Challenge. This is aimed at students who have a particular strength in maths and are good problem solvers. Students have 1 hour to answer 25 maths problems and must do so without any mathematical equipment, just a pencil and some paper.

Nationally approximately 600,000 students take part in either the Junior, Intermediate or Senior Maths Challenges each year. The top 40% of students achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate. Gold is awarded to the top 7% of entrants, Silver to the next 13% and Bronze to the remaining 20%.

This year 22 students achieved certificates – 10 bronze, 7 silver and 5 gold. For the first time ever John Hanson have 5 students who have progressed to the next round of the challenge which is an outstanding result and one that they are extremely proud of. These 5 students are Will Morton (yr 11 winner of best in school and best in year group certificate), George Day (yr 11), Sam Sutton (yr 11), Aidan Bahrani (yr 10 winner of best in year group certificate) and Tom Hewson (yr 9 winner of best in year group certificate).

The next round is called the ‘kangaroo’ round. Approximately 5,500 students nationally qualify for this and it is an international competition that is completed by students in over 30 countries worldwide. The five school representatives will each receive some additional coaching to prepare for this next challenge with results due to arrive after Easter.

Mike Thain Head of Mathematics said “For five students to qualify for the next round of the Maths Challenge in one year is an outstanding achievement and one that we are incredibly proud of. All five deserve great credit for their success. We are also delighted with the number of year 9 and 10 students who achieved certificates and this bodes well for a similar level of success in future years.”

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