Yuta storms ahead as School mathematicians shine

Sixth-Former Yuta Tsuchiya has added a fresh triumph to his record of mathematical achievement. 

Having reached Round 1 of the British Mathematical Olympiad with a perfect score in the UK Mathematics Trust’s Senior Maths Challenge, Yuta has now qualified for Round 2 – one of only 100 candidates nationally to do so.

Yuta, of Year 12, has been one of the School’s leading mathematicians for some time: when he was in Year 10, he finished in the top 100 nationally in the Intermediate Olympiad.

He was one of four QE Sixth-Formers to sit the Senior Olympiad’s first round: Lucas Duke, Daniil Slavin and Manos Spanoudakis (pictured below) all achieved certificates of qualification, while Yuta gained a certificate of distinction and a silver medal.

""Round 1 consisted of six extended questions which had to be completed in three-and-a-half hours.  Round 2, which is of the same duration, will involve four extended questions. Success in Round 2 will result in an invitation to participate in training for the International Mathematical Olympiad.

A further 18 sixth-formers took part in the Senior Kangaroo, a separate follow-on round from the Senior Challenge for those not awarded places in the Olympiad. Merit certificates, which are awarded to the top 25 per cent of participants (those achieving scores of 50-plus), went to Jas Shah, who scored 70 out of 100, Sam Carling (60), Tochi Onuora (60), Hayato Murata (55) and Nitharsan Sathiyalingam (55) (pictured below). The remaining 13 Kangaroo participants received certificates of qualification.

""The Senior Kangaroo is a one-hour paper that is sat in School. All the questions require three-digit answers, which are entered on to a machine-readable sheet similar to those used for the Senior Challenge. This is the first UKMT competition of its kind, in that it is not multiple-choice but is nonetheless marked by machine. 

QE’s Assistant Head of Mathematics Wendy Fung said: “Warmest congratulations to all our students and best wishes to Yuta for the next round.”