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Latest Top-Top Set Maths Results

One way to measure the impact of the Top-Top Set project is to compare year by year the results from the Junior Maths Challenge, a national competition run by the UKMT. Students sit an hour paper and receive Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates if they score in the top 6%, 20% and 40% respectively. There is also a Kangaroo recognition for students in top 3%. This junior paper is sat by both Y7 and Y8, who therefore compete against each other for certificates.

In 2017:

  • 266,000 students took the JMC, of which 111,807 (42%) were in Y7
  • 51% of Y8 students achieved a bronze or better
  • 37% of Y7 students achieved a bronze or better
  • There are ~580,000 Y7 students in England, so roughly 700,000 in the UK.
  • Therefore only ~15% of Y7 students enter the JMC.

One of our schools is still tracking down its data, and one school has only entered the JMC for the last two years. However, we can still see how three of the schools have done across the last two years compared to this year’s results after the introduction of a Top-Top set.


Certificate Average for 2015 & 2016 2017
Kangaroo 1 2
Gold 1.5 2
Silver 7.5 21
Bronze 14 32

These results suggest a step-change in performance, but please bear in mind:

  • 40% of certificates were achieved by students not in the Top-Top set.
  • This is only one year of data, compared against only two previous years.
  • Schools probably improve year on year because of increased familiarity.

On the other hand, this is only the first year of Top-Top Set maths, and we hope for even better performances next year when we hit the ground running.