Maths Challenges

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Maths Challenges

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The CTC Maths Department is keen to encourage students to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities. This is vital in promoting enthusiasm for the subject and also helps to identify students with outstanding abilities who can be stretched beyond their GCSE or A level courses. Extra ‘extension’ classes can be provided when appropriate, to help students to prepare for Oxbridge entrance or for challenging examinations such as STEP.

The Senior Maths Challenge (SMC)

This competition for schools and colleges is held every November and is run by the UKMT (United Kingdom Mathematics Trust). At CTC, our Maths students are encouraged to take the SMC and we are proud of their high levels of success.

100% of the CTC entrants in November 2022 won an award, compared to 60% nationally.

Gold: 34% (10% nationally)

Silver: 33%

Bronze: 33%

The Senior Kangaroo and British Mathematical Olympiad (BMO)

The Senior Kangaroo is a follow-on round which is available, by invitation only, to the best of the SMC Gold Award winners. BMO Round 1 is an alternative, and very challenging, competition for SMC high performers, and those who do well in it can attempt the even more difficult BMO Round 2. At CTC we regularly have students taking these follow-on rounds, and every year some obtain results in the top 25% nationally, for which they are awarded Merit in the Senior Kangaroo or Distinction in BMO1.

In 2022, all our Gold Award winners qualified for the Senior Kangaroo Competition and 50% of these achieved a Merit award.

Looking to the future

At CTC we are proud to have the opportunity to nurture some exceptional mathematicians. We are confident that the outstanding achievements of our students this year will inspire others to do equally well (or even better!) in the future.

Our Students

Barbara Bielecka (A*, A*, A), Class of 2017

“I would like to thank everyone at CTC for their help, support and encouragement during my time there. Today I received two A*s and one A, and I am extremely thrilled and proud of this result. The support that all of my tutors gave me was vital to my success and I would like to thank them all for motivating me to be the best that I could be. I will never forget my time at CTC. I wish you and the college all the best! I hope to come in soon and visit you once more. Thank you once again!” Barbara achieved 2 A* and 1 A grade in Government and Politics, History and Mathematics and will be continuing her studies reading History at LSE
Barbara Bielecka
Class of 2017

Nhi Kieu (A, B, B), Class of 2017

“I am proud to report that I am going to be a fresher at Nottingham University this September! Thank you so much for all your teaching and support for the past two years. Had it not been for your help, I would never have achieved the grades I need in Economics, something I never thought I would be able to reach. Again, please accept my immense gratitude for you and the college.”
Nhi Kieu
Class of 2017

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“There is a very positive and supportive ethos in the college which supports academic learning, enrichment and development. Tutors work with a great deal of professional autonomy and the students are hardworking, mature and respectful. There is a fascinating mix amongst the cohort of home-based and international students, and the relations between staff and students are harmonious.”
Mr. David O'Dwyer
Head of Government and Politics

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Mrs. Suthantirakumar

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Mrs. Suthantirakumar

Mathematics Tutor

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Mathematics Tutor

Mr Barry Morgan (Art & Design)

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Art & Design

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History Tutor

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Chulin Meng (Lucy)

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