Roding Valley High School claimed the title of highest scoring state school at UK Mathematics Trust’s (UKMT) Regional Team Maths Challenge 2019; a competition which challenges schools from across the country to tackle mathematical challenges in their local areas with the opportunity to progress to the national final taking place in June 2019.
The Roding Valley High School team scooped fourth place overall out of 29 state and independent schools. The team, made up of two girls, Skye and Chloe, and two boys, Joseph and Zak, from year 8 and 9, combined their individual skills to work seamlessly together; a winning combination that sees Roding Valley High School move up 10 places from its ranking in 2018.
Shahidur Rahman, Mathematics Key Stage 4 Coordinator, said: “We are extremely proud of our young mathematicians, not only for their skill and teamwork but for the level of determination they displayed at the event, which was noticed and highlighted by other schools attending the competition.”
Roding Valley High School Mathematics Department’s vision is to develop mathematicians who are confident in the use of maths both in the classroom and in real life. Entry into the UKMT Team Maths Challenge is just one of the many ways that the school looks to make this vision a reality, and the students are already looking to develop their strategies for the 2020 competition.
Sharon Jenner, Head of school, said: “Mathematics is something our students have always thrived at here at Roding Valley High School, and it’s fulfilling to see the skills we teach our students in the classroom being used to take them further outside of school. These four students have represented the school brilliantly; not just academically, but by demonstrating our school’s values and ethos.”