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.