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The numbers add up for our Maths masterminds

Our Maths department are celebrating two marvellous mathematical achievements after pupils triumphed out of 3,500 teams to win the National Cipher Challenge and excelled in the Senior Maths Challenge.

Cipher champions

Nine pupils from Fifth Year and Sixth Form competed against over 3,500 teams in the National Cipher Challenge at the University of Southampton. The team, who called themselves Pythag’R’Back, performed outstandingly and bagged the top team prize, the IBM Award, of £1,000.

The pupils, Sam Howard, Nathan Kingsley, Wolodymyr Krywonos, Callum Boyle, Lauryn Howard, Murray Jallands, Pippa Brown, Phoebe Micklefield and Alex Pollard, will be presented with their award at Bletchley Park, the once top-secret home of the World War Two codebreakers, in March.

Certificate time at the Senior Maths Challenge

The UK Maths Trust’s Senior Maths Challenge has been running since 1961 and aims to encourage mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in basic techniques to solve interesting problems.

This year over 100,000 pupils took part from about 2,200 schools, with gold certificates awarded to the best 10%, silver certificates to the next 20% and bronze certificates to the following 30%.

76 pupils from Stockport Grammar took part with eight gaining gold, 18 receiving silver and 22 bronze.

From the Upper Sixth, gold certificate winners were Sam Howard, Nathan Kingsley, Wolodymyr Krywonos, Elsa Shah and Paar Singh.

From the Lower Sixth, gold certificate winners were Alex Pollard and Murray Jallands, who also received the award for best in school.

From Fifth Year, Ben Foster obtained a gold certificate.

A special mention also goes to Oliver Ensor-Adams who is in the Fourth Year and achieved a silver certificate.

11 pupils qualified for the next round with Sam Howard gaining a distinction on the ‘British Maths Olympiad’ paper. This places him amongst the top 100 mathematicians in the country in his age group.

Head of Maths, Mr Greig Frankland said: “The commitment, enthusiasm and energy shown by many of our pupils has been exceptional and we are proud to see so many of our mathematicians recognised nationally as being amongst the best for their age.

“The Maths department is always keen to offer additional opportunities to take part in individual and team competitions and there is a real buzz around the place.

“To win the National Cipher Challenge out of over 3,500 teams is incredible. The team were in school until quite late one evening trying to decrypt the final message – it really felt like a mini-Bletchley Park!

“I am truly pleased that all their hard work paid off and it is thoroughly deserved. We hope to celebrate more successes over the next few months in other competitions so watch this space!”