The University hosts a number of events for secondary pupils across the region, including the popular series the Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses for Year 9 pupils in the autumn term.
In March we hold the annual FMSP Year 10 Maths Feast, this year attended by 16 teams from 11 schools. The Feast is designed to challenge pupils working in teams through a range of problem-solving rounds including mental mathematics, relay rounds and working with mathematics beyond the KS4 curriculum.
This year the winners were RGS Worcester Team A, with Chipping Campden a close second, and Christopher Whitehead, Malvern College Team B and The King’s School Worcester jointly third – a close-fought contest!
The STEP Problem-Solving Classes have again been run across the autumn and spring terms, providing access to free tuition for A level students wishing to extend their problem-solving skills or to study for the Oxford Mathematics Admissions Test or the Sixth Term Paper for those wishing to study mathematics at Universities specialising in excellence in mathematics. The Year 12 classes are in their third year at Worcester and the Year 13 classes were hosted for the first time. Forty students enrolled on the classes from across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.
The Maths Feast and the Problem-Solving Classes are funded by FMSP and hosted by the University as part of the national drive to engage students with mathematics and promote access to higher education.