Maths department go for gold

The Maths department are going for gold at the moment with an excellent run of maths successes in competitions. The recent participation in the Hampshire Maths Puzzle Day, hosted by Brockenhurst College, was no exception.

Our maths students took part in the Hampshire Maths Puzzle Day earlier in February. It was open to all colleges and schools in Hampshire for year 12 students studying AS Maths & Further Maths. The questions required Maths knowledge up to this level, and students were required to work together to answer them.

Alton College were represented with two teams: Michael Minshall & Ben Adler, and Alice Haynes & Guy Hinson, who are all studying AS Maths and AS Further Maths. Michael and Ben won 'Best Pair' and they were each presented with a Maths mug (which have Maths jokes on) and book tokens. Alton College won 'Best School or College' category for achieving the highest average score and for that, the College has won a shield, which we last won in 2009.

This is another great result, following success in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge, the UK Maths Trust Team Maths Competition and the British Maths Olympiad Round 1 this academic year.

Another incredible result, hot off the press are for the British Maths Olympiad Round 2. Ed Kirkby has done incredibly well by acheiving 20 out of 40 which put him joint 22nd in the country -- which is impressive for anyone, but particularly given he is competing against yr 13 students (mainly), and he is only yr 10 at Amery Hill School. He has been invited to join the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) training session, which will take place at Trinity College, Cambridge this Easter. This camp trains students before selection for the British team that will compete in the International Mathematical Olympiad.