Teen makes history with maths achievementPosted: 28th April 2022
A teenager from Harlow has made history by being invited to attend a national maths summer school.
Oliver Bayliss, Year 11 student, has been invited to attend the National Mathematics Summer School with the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust.
The summer school is designed for young people with an interest in maths with the aim of promoting mathematical thinking and providing an opportunity for young people with the same interests to meet.
During the summer school, students take part in demanding and stimulating sessions.
Oliver was selected for attendance following his high-scoring performance in this year’s Intermediate Mathematics Challenge – only the top 1.5 per cent of scorers are invited to attend.
The competition is a 60-minute multiple choice challenge encouraging mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using basic maths techniques to solve interesting problems.
Erkan Ustura, director of maths secondary for the BMAT group of schools, said: “The summer schools aim to promote a love of problem-solving and to help to build a community of young mathematicians.
“Oliver always excels in a difficult problem-solving task; due to the range of mathematical concepts embedded in his knowledge base, he can critically analyse and pick the relevant application skills to tackle problems.
“This is the first time in Burnt Mill Academy’s history that one of our students has been selected for National Mathematics Summer School.
“This is a great achievement.”