A Year 11 student from Leeds has been named in the top 40 mathematicians in the country for his age, following his performance at a recent national competition.
Arvind Narayan, from the Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL), entered the Intermediate Mathematics Challenge which sees 200,000 students nationwide compete, with the top 500 in each school year progressing to the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad.
At GSAL, seven students were selected to sit the paper for the Olympiad and Arvind produced the standout performance.
The teenager achieved a distinction, a gold medal, and an invitation to the National Mathematics Summer School, an honour reserved for the best 40 scorers in the whole country.
At the week-long summer school, the academic programme is designed to stimulate and inspire these promising young mathematicians, with whole group masterclasses, small group work and team competitions, as well as time set aside in the evenings for extra-curricular activities.
Maths teacher Alison Jackson coordinates the competition at GSAL and said she was proud to see the school’s pupils achieve so highly.
“I was delighted with our students’ results in the maths challenge, with seven progressing to the Olympiad; this in itself is a huge success story,” she said. “Arvind’s distinction is a superb achievement and he has done exceptionally well to gain an invitation to the summer school.”
A number of other GSAL students also did themselves proud in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad with three Year 11 students - Kaiser Lodhi, Aditya Munot and Miheer Sonwalkar – achieving merit certificates, alongside two Year 9 pupils - Ciaran Duggan and Eric Rodriguez Boidi.