The Senior Maths Challenge is aimed at all 16-19 year olds studying maths, and typically just under 100,000 students from across the country sit the challenge annually. This year was no exception and eighty of our students were involved. Following this, the top performing students were invited to participate in the first round of the British Mathematics Olympiad. Fourteen students took part in this prestigious event with Ram Sarujan attaining the 27th best score in the country, a highly significant achievement which earned him a coveted Silver Medal.

The purpose of the British Mathematical Olympiad is to challenge students with exceptionally difficult problems and then ultimately select six students to make up the British Olympiad Team to compete against other nations from continents around the globe in the International Mathematics Olympiad. Ram will now sit a three and a half hour paper in an attempt to solve four problems in competition with a small number of other students. Thereafter, twenty students will be invited to attend a selection week that culminates in the announcement of the successful team.

Ram has already been offered a place at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge to study Mathematics and Physics and we wish him every success in both the next round of the Olympiad and in his undergraduate studies.