Huge congratulations to Fifth former, Aaron Osmond, who has qualified forthe British Mathematics Olympiad. Aaron recently took part in the the Senior Challenge, a contest aimed at all 16-19 year olds studying mathematics.

The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in 90 minutes and is sat in school under normal exam conditions. However, the questions are set and marked by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust.

At just 15 years old, Aaron was one of the youngest to compete and his outstanding results in the Senior Challenge have gained him a place at the first round of the British Mathematics Olympiad (BMO). Only 1000 invitations to the Olympiad are sent to pupils who score highly in the Senior Challenge each November. The first round lasts three and a half hours and contains six complex mathematical problems for which full written solutions are required. To make matters more difficult, there is no set syllabus for the BMO papers. Instead, the questions are designed to be non-standard, requiring ingenuity in application of mathematical ideas and techniques, including; geometry, trigonometry, functional equations, algebra, number theory and combinatorics. The top 100 mathematicians will then continue to Round Two and qualifyto represent the UK at the International Mathematical Olympiad.

Head of Maths, Pete Garner, said; “This is a real achievement for any pupil, but to see someone as young as Aaron excelling in Maths is fantastic. All of his teachers wish him the best of luck for the final rounds of the competition”.