of maths medals for Concord students

Thursday May 17, 2018

Three Concord Lower School students have been awarded medals for their outstanding achievements in a UK mathematics competition. Two have been placed in the top 50 nationally and the third student finished in the top 100 in the country. George and Lucinda were in the top 50 in the country and have both been awarded prizes as well as medals for their outstanding results in this year’s UK Intermediate Maths Olympiad. Sissi finished in the top 100 and has equally been awarded a medal in addition to receiving a distinction. George, Lucinda and Sissi are currently in Form 4 and all three will be taking Maths GCSE this summer – a year early. In total six students from Concord qualified for the Intermediate Olympiad and all entrants achieved either a merit or a distinction. Said Concord’s Head of Maths Dr. Tom Phoenix:  “This is the college’s best result in Intermediate Olympiad papers and I am delighted with the students’ truly remarkable success in this year’s competition. “The Olympiad papers are extremely challenging exams and it is fantastic that so many students achieved so highly.” George, Lucinda and Sissi each said they were ‘thrilled’ that their respective performances had resulted in national recognition.  They were now keeping their fingers crossed for successful results in their GCSEs. Earlier in the year 42 Concord participants were among 200,000 nationally who entered the first round of the Intermediate Maths Challenge.  By scoring highly in this paper they consequently qualified to compete in the Olympiad. In the first round 50% of the Concord students achieved the top award putting them in the highest six percent of students nationally. Sissi achieved a near perfect score, dropping just one question, which put her in the top 1.5% of students in the country. As a result, she has been selected to attend a highly prestigious United Kingdom Maths Trust Mathematical Summer School in Leeds for a week in July.