It all adds up for team Cowley

FIFTY SIX ‘number crunchers’ from Year 8 at Cowley International College have won awards in a UK junior maths challenge.

In April, students from Cowley joined schools from up and down the country to compete in a nationwide maths challenge. The challenge is organised by UK Mathematics Trust and requires students to use mathematical reasoning and techniques to think-outside-the-box and solve sophisticated mathematical problems.

Two Year 8 students, Katy Horton and Luca Smart, narrowly missed out on Gold (by only three points) and were awarded the Silver certificate and Best in School award by achieving an impressive 81 points respectively. 

The Silver certificate, which is achieved by only 16-17% of UK entrants, was awarded to 14 Cowley students in total.  Bronze, which is achieved by only 25% of all entrants, was awarded to 18 students.

The number of awards won in this challenge is a personal best for the college.  In the past, our students have achieved Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates, and many have qualified for further rounds.

A massive thank you also goes out to our brilliant maths teacher, Mrs Lloyd, for all the training and encouragement given to our competitors.  We also give thanks to the parents and carers who continue to support their daughter/son in their academic and extra-curricular endeavours.

Why not try one of the questions yourself? A question from the 2022 junior maths paper is below. The answer is located at the end of this page.

How the competition is scored

In the Junior and Intermediate Challenges the top scoring 50% of the entrants receive bronze, silver or gold certificates based on their mark in the paper.

  • The Gold award is achieved by the top 8-9% of the entrants.
  • The Silver award is achieved by 16-17% of the entrants.
  • The Bronze award is achieved by 25% of the entrants.


Answer £25.