Students at William Hulme’s Grammar School in Manchester are celebrating after achieving excellent results in the national Senior Maths Challenge.
The school’s budding Year 11, 12 and 13 mathematicians competed against over 80,000 students from across the country in the 90-minute, multiple-choice competition. The challenge tested their mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.
The WHGS students performed extremely well with a significant number achieving Bronze and Silver Certificates. 19 students achieved a Bronze Certificate which is given to the top 30% of entrants whilst 7 achieved Silver – given to the top 20% of entrants.
One student, however, excelled and was given the coveted Gold Award which is awarded to the top 10% of entrants. Year 12 student Ali Alizadeh, who only joined WHGS in Year 11 with very little English, was then invited to compete in the British Maths Olympiad which is only open to 1,000 elite students. Ali achieved a Merit placing him in the top 600 entries in the country.
Congratulating students, Andrew Harrison, Head of Maths Faculty at WHGS, said:
“These are superb results which demonstrate the high standard of maths at WHGS and the impressive ability of our students. The Maths Challenge is a difficult challenge and we are thrilled that so many were awarded certificates.
“The whole school community is thrilled for Ali. Whilst he could barely speak English when he joined us just over a year ago, he has worked incredibly hard and has excelled across a wide range of subjects. He is an inspiration to us all and we are very proud of what he has achieved.”
Ali Alizadeh said:
“I am so glad that I achieved this grade and I really appreciate the support from Mr Harrison, and all the other teachers that helped me a lot. I will try my best to achieve even better results next year.”