Students at King George V College achieved an outstanding 18 awards in this year’s Senior Maths Challenge, organised by the UK Mathematics Trust.

Over 82,000 students from across the UK participated in the competition, which involved completing an hour and a half test paper that challenged mathematical skills in problem solving, logic and reasoning. 23 students from the College competed, with 18 students being awarded certificates in recognition of their performance (2 Gold, 10 Silver and 6 Bronze).

David Linley, Course Leader of Mathematics at KGV, said, “I am delighted by the success of our students in this challenging competition.”

“They have demonstrated that they are capable of applying their Maths skills in unfamiliar situations, beyond the bounds of the classroom and that they can surpass students from other colleges.”

Second year student Madeline Richards, who studies A Levels in Further Maths and Biology at KGV, was one of two students from the College who were awarded a Gold certificate – meaning that her score in the Challenge was within the top 10% in the UK.

She said, “The challenge was hard work but kind of fun as well because it was different to the Maths you are used to learning in lessons.”

“I’m hoping to go on to study Biology at Oxford University next year and getting involved in something like this can look good on your personal statement when applying to Uni.”

Madeline also received awards for ‘Best in College’ and ‘Best in Year’ (Year 13) and was invited to participate in the follow up competition, the Senior Kangaroo, in November.

Other notable successes from King George V included Alex Beveridge, who also received a Gold certificate, and Dean Grierson who received a Silver Certificate and the ‘Best in Year’ award (Year 12).


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