A COVENTRY college has been ranked in the top 15 per cent of specialist schools worldwide.
Coventry’s National Mathematics and Science College used its talent and expertise to enter the ‘internationally-acclaimed’ Euclid International Mathematics Challenge.
The challenge took place last month and is only open to the world’s top Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) schools.
The exam-styled challenge is administered by the University of Waterloo in Canada – which is ranked in the top 200 higher-education faculties worldwide.
In its first attempt, the college came 71st out of 484 participants – beating all other UK entrants. This was despite entering fewer students than its long-established competitors.
In addition to a joint victory, college student Joey Lu came in the top one per cent of competitors.
Joey, who is 17, said: “I am very happy with my result in the Euclid because it puts me on the same level as the top candidates for Oxford and Cambridge and that is where I want to go after my A levels.
“I only joined the college in January so my parents are very proud of my progress here.”
A spokesman for the college said: “We were founded to set new standards of excellence in the teaching and learning of Maths and Science.
“We are delighted that these early results suggest we are on track to be the beacon of excellence we were founded to become.
“Our recipe for success is simple: if you put aspirational teachers in contact with aspirational students, brilliant things happen.”
The College is distinguished from many others by its commitment to offering free places to promising local and international students.