Maths Challenge for William Bradford Students



Students from one of the most improved schools in Leicestershire earned a commendable fourth place in the regional round of a top maths competition just before Christmas.


Four sixth-form students from William Bradford Academy in Earl Shilton took part in the Senior Team Maths Challenge (STMC) at Loughborough University, a competition run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust and the Further Mathematics Support Programme to test mathematical, communication and teamwork skills.


The students competed against teams from other schools and colleges across the East Midlands, earning fourth place out of a total of 18 schools – the highest-placed public sector school. The team consisted of Abbie Howard and Nicole Szymkowiak from Year 12 and Liam Tillin and Adam Wale from Year 13.


In November of last year, a number of sixth formers and Year 11 students at William Bradford Academy also took part in the individual Senior Mathematical Challenge.  This was an hour and a half paper, with twenty-five problem solving mathematical questions. Students from the Academy achieved two gold certificates, three silver and eight bronze. The two ‘gold’ students also got through to the next round, the ‘Senior Kangaroo’, putting them in the top 3000 students in the country.


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