Millfield’s Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning), Dr Ceri Fiddes, will act as Director of the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) for 2019. This will be the 60th time this annual competition has taken place and will be held at the University of Bath and Celtic Manor in Newport in July.
The competition is an opportunity to meet similarly academic children from over 100 countries, solving difficult puzzles and problems.
Dr Fiddes has been involved with the UK Mathematics Trust for 18 years, holding roles including Deputy Leader of the UK IMO team, presenter of the BMO1 solutions video and Director of the inaugural European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad in 2012. These experiences have had a big impact on her teaching, enabling her to inspire and nurture high-performing mathematicians at Millfield.
Millfield has a large number of pupils who participate in national mathematics competitions at a range of levels. Every year, Millfield enters pupils for the British Mathematical Olympiad, intermediate Olympiads and the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls, where for the second year in a row, a participant from Millfield achieved full marks. Year 11 pupil Yuhka Machino was selected as reserve for the UK team for the seventh European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad in Florence earlier this year.
Millfield Headmaster Gavin Horgan says, “I’m delighted to hear that Dr Fiddes will be leading such an esteemed academic event. Ceri has shown that she is an expert in the continued development of academic excellence in children, and I look forward to seeing how her experience with some of the world’s brightest pupils can be utilised here at Millfield. The added accolade for the region is something to be encouraged, and I would like to see more events such as these in the South West in the future.”