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City of London

School for girls

Senior Maths Challenge

Each year in August over a 1,000 non league football clubs set off in pursuit of a place in the final in May of the following year. None of them ever get there - in fact they don't even make the first round proper.

This year, over 90 of our Sixth Formers sat the Senior Maths Challenge, on 7 November, in pursuit of national recognition in the form of a place on the British Maths Olympiad Team. The first question facing them was...
 
One of the following numbers is prime. Which is it?
A 2017 
− 2 B 2017 − 1 C 2017 D 2017 + 1 E 2017 + 2 
 
24 further questions followed.

The students managed to acquire eight Gold Certificates which are awarded to the top 6.67% of all entrants. Three girls have qualified for the British Maths Olympiad Paper 1, a three and a half hour paper with only five questions of a very rigorous standard. This is a standard well beyond the first round proper but will anybody qualify for the team? We have high hopes for at least one of them! 

Mr Mercer, Mathematics Teacher & 2nd in Department