Ben set for Maths Summers School

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An Antrim Grammar School student has been invited to attend the prestigious National Mathmatics Summer School.

Year 12 pupil Ben Collister will be heading the summer school in Leeds in July due to his performances in recent maths challenges.

Ben completed a Maths Challenge back in March, and as a result has been invited to attend the Summer School.

The academic programme will include whole group masterclasses, small group work and team competitions.

The mathematical activities will be intensive and designed to stimulate around 40 of the UK’s most talented young mathematicians.

Ben’s journey to being invited to the summer school began back in February when he completed the UKMT Intermediate Mathematical Challenge.

The challenge encourages reasoning and the use of mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.

Over 200,000 pupils from across the UK sat the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge with roughly the top six per cent receiving a gold certificate, the next 13 per cent a silver and the next 21 per cent bronze.

Approximately 1,500 of the top students were then invited to sit a follow-on Olympiad round.

Ben performed extremely well in the challenge and was awarded three certificates - Gold, Best in Year and Best in School. Due to his success in this paper he was invited to take part in the next round – the Olympiad.

The Olympiad papers are two hours long and contain six questions for which full written answers are expected. The papers are expected to provide encouragement and stimulation to the more mathematically able pupils.

Ben completed this challenge in March and as a result of his excellent performance has been invited to attend the National Mathematics Summer School.

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