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CCN Maths Students Impress in National Competition

11th November 2019 – Tags: A Levels, Maths, Sixth Form Centre

A team of A Level maths students from our Sixth Form Centre have placed highly in the regional heat of the UK’s Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Senior Maths Challenge competition.

The Senior Mathematical Challenge

The UK’s Mathematics Trust works with volunteers across the UK to advance the education of young people in mathematics.

City College Norwich Sixth Form students took part in the Senior Mathematical Challenge. This is a 90-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at students across the UK.

The competitors 

Adam Harvey, Jimmy Kerr, Joel Overton and James Smith had to use all their mathematical problem-solving abilities, working together as a team, to do well in the competition.

The competition featured three rounds, which included taking on a cross-number challenge (the maths equivalent of a crossword puzzle) and a shuttle round (in which each preceding answer assists with taking on the next question).

The results

The team’s 4th place surpassed the 6th place achieved last year and reflects the talent and enthusiasm for A Level maths at City College Norwich.     

James Smith, who was taking part in the competition for the first time, said that it had been enjoyable – adding that he had particularly enjoyed the cross-number challenge.

A Level maths lecturer, Piers Arnold, said the students had done amazingly well.  He added:

The UKMT is a really good competition.  It’s extra-curricular mathematics. It’s a lot more problem-solving and thinking more widely.  They are interesting questions. 


In terms of helping students in class, it’s the ability to problem-solve.  It allows them to get used to putting different bits of maths together.”  


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