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Maths Challenge Success

Mrs K. Coldwell, KS5 and G&T Leader, Maths, writes:

The team of Tawsif Chowdhury, Hannah Imafidon, Behram Printer and Kono Washio travelled to Peterborough last week to compete in the Regional Final of the Senior Team Mathematics Challenge, a competition organised jointly by the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme and the UK Mathematics Trust and sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc. The aim of the competition is to provide a stimulating and enjoyable challenge for 16-19 year-old mathematics students by focusing on problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills. The STMC is now in its 13th year and attracts over 1300 teams from schools and colleges from around the UK.

Fifteen teams of the best mathematics students from local schools and colleges tackled a series of demanding mathematical challenges for over three hours. At the end of the three rounds of group problem-solving, team cross-number puzzle and mathematical relay race, Stanborough were named the overall winners and will go on to the national final in London on 5th February 2019. This is the highest ranking that Stanborough has achieved in the history of the competition. The Stanborough team qualified for the national final in 2016-17, but as high-scoring runners up and also achieved second place in the regional final in 2017-18.

Meanwhile, the results of the individual Senior Maths Challenge which took place back on the 6th November have come in. Hannah Imafidon achieved Best in School, Best in Year 13 and a Gold certificate while Behram Printer took Best in Year 12 and a Gold certificate. Mollie Hall and Christopher Illes-Wilbourn also earned Gold certificates. All four qualified for a follow-on round which takes place on Friday 30th November.

Silver certificates went to Tawsif Chowdhury, Joseph Lowton, Hamzah Hussain, Callum Elliott and Kono Washio. Alex Baxter, Edgar Kager, Thomas Cranham, Lucy Thompson and Harry Cross all achieved Bronze. Three Year 11s took part in the competition although it is aimed at sixth formers: Joshua Long earned a Bronze certificate and Best in Year 11, while Sean Davies and Josephine Clayton both earned Bronze certificates. Many others were very close to achieving a certificate and all who took part should take pride in having been selected.

“It was exciting to know that we had won, and it was well-deserved from the practice we put in.” Behram Printer, Year 12

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National Young Mathematicians’ Award

Mrs K. Coldwell, KS5 and G&T Leader, Maths, writes:

On Thursday 8th November, four mathematically talented Year 8 students took part in the National Young Mathematicians’ Awards Round 1 at the Explore Learning Centre in Watford. The competition was based on a set of problems using dice and the sums which are possible when certain conditions were met. Catherine Cranham, Nathan Davies, Benjamin Hahn and Aamina Hussain set to work enthusiastically, making good progress. The Centre Director, who ran and marked the competition, gave the following feedback:

“A huge well done to Catherine, Aamina, Nathan and Ben! We were so impressed with their problem-solving skills, and the clear and logical reasoning they presented surrounding aspects of the challenge. Of the four Secondary Schools that competed, we are only able to take through two for Round 2. Unfortunately, the Stanborough team did not make it through to Round 2 this year. Although they scored incredibly well for the “teamwork criteria”, they just weren’t quite able to score enough in the “Mathematical criteria”. They in fact scored the maximum points possible for the teamwork criteria! I was so incredibly impressed by their dynamic team, I could hardly walk away as I wanted to watch them work. You have a natural born leader in Catherine! Ben and Nathan were keenly and meticulously working through each solution and Aamina seemed to be the calm, reflective and systematic glue that held them together! Some advice we would love to give the team going forward would be to make sure they manage time effectively. This will ensure they have enough time to maximise their work on trickier challenges, as these have the largest amount of points to be earned! They only missed out by the finest of margins!”

Although it would have been nice to go through to Round 2, the team were nevertheless brilliant ambassadors for Stanborough School and should be very proud of all that they achieved. Hopefully they will be inspired to continue solving problems, puzzles and challenges for fun, in their maths lessons and in real-life situations.

Mrs Hargreaves, head of Year 11, with Year 11 students.

Exam Success 2018

A-Level Results

Stanborough students are celebrating an outstanding set of A-level and BTEC results, in a year where most A-level subjects have been changed to a more demanding linear format.

Notable student performances include Shogo Washio with 4 A* at A-level who has accepted a place at Jesus College, Cambridge University to read Engineering and James Byrne also with 4 A*, who will study Mathematics at Magdalene College also at Cambridge. Annie Mbukwa achieved 2 A* and 2 A grades and has accepted a place at Middlesex to study Fashion. Rory Baxter received an A* and 3 A grades and has accepted a place at Durham to read Computing. Dominic Rusch and Jack Byrne both achieved an A* and 3 A grades.

Peter Brown said ‘We are extremely proud of our students’ achievements this year. At a time when examinations are being made ever more challenging, our students have responded by getting some fantastic results. We are also very pleased to see our students move onto a variety of Post 18 pathways including studying our specialist subjects of maths and computing at some of the top universities in the world. Many other students have also been accepted at other respected universities to study a wide range of subjects ranging from nutrition to art and music to ancient history. We also have a larger number of students this year moving onto degree level apprenticeship schemes in areas such as finance and media production which will allow them to develop their careers in these specialist areas. ’

GCSE and BTEC Results

The school was extremely pleased with the results achieved by the students who were the first cohort to receive the majority of their GCSE exams on the new 9 – 1 scale with the rest of the GCSE exams continuing to be awarded A* – G grades.

Notable achievements included Kono Washio with three GCSEs at Grade 9 and five at Grade 8. Lucy Thompson achieved two GCSE scores of Grade 9, six at Grade 8 and an A grade. Mattia Salsi achieved two Grade 9, one A* and four Grade 8 at GCSE level. Charlotte Ball achieved three grade 9, one A* and two grade 8. Rory Satterley-Hull achieved two grade 9, five grade 8 and an A grade, all at GCSE level.

Other top achievers included Harry Cross, Alice Wells, Luke Mawer and Sophie Reid.

Peter Brown said ‘We are extremely proud of the students’ achievements this year. This cohort has not only had to work extremely hard for all their GCSE and BTEC qualifications, but they have also had the added uncertainty of being the first cohort to take the new style GCSE exams in the majority of their subjects. I am also proud of our superb team of teaching and support staff at the school who have supported the students so well over the past three years. Together with strong parental support, the students have been very well prepared to meet the demands of an increasingly difficult examinations system. We are also very pleased that a high proportion of students will continue their studies into our excellent Sixth Form at Stanborough and will continue to perform at the highest level as demonstrated by our very good A-Level results. We also have a number of students who have been successful in their GCSE and BTEC qualifications and will now follow college or Level 2 Apprenticeship courses.’

 

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GCSE Success at Stanborough

After many weeks of waiting, Stanborough students were finally able to collect their GCSE and BTEC exam results on Thursday morning. The school was extremely pleased with the results achieved by the students who were the first cohort to receive the majority of their GCSE exams on the new 9 – 1 scale with the rest of the GCSE exams continuing to be awarded A* – G grades.

Notable achievements included Kono Washio with three GCSEs at Grade 9 and five at Grade 8. Lucy Thompson achieved two GCSE scores of Grade 9, six at Grade 8 and an A grade. Mattia Salsi Achieved two Grade 9, one A* and four Grade 8 at GCSE level. Charlotte Ball achieved three grade 9, one A* and two grade 8. Rory Satterley-Hull achieved two grade 9, five grade 8 and an A grade, all at GCSE level.

Other top achievers included Harry Cross, Alice Wells, Luke Mawer and Sophie Reid.

Mr Peter Brown, Headteacher said, ‘We are extremely proud of the students’ achievements this year. This cohort has not only had to work extremely hard for all their GCSE and BTEC qualifications, but they have also had the added uncertainty of being the first cohort to take the new style GCSE exams in the majority of their subjects. I am also proud of our superb team of teaching and support staff at the school who have supported the students so well over the past three years. Together with strong parental support, the students have been very well prepared to meet the demands of an increasingly difficult examinations system.’

Mr Brown also added, ‘We are also very pleased that a high proportion of students will continue their studies into our excellent Sixth Form at Stanborough and will continue to perform at the highest level as demonstrated by our very good A-level results achieved last week. We also have a number of students who have been successful in their GCSE and BTEC qualifications and will now follow college or Level 2 Apprenticeship courses.’