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    Mathematicians Excel in Regional Challenge

    A team of our Second and Third Form mathematicians produced a highly accurate performance at a recent inter-schools competition.

    A team of our Second and Third Form mathematicians produced a highly accurate performance at a recent inter-schools competition.

    The UK Mathematics Trust Team Mathematics Challenge regional final was hosted by The King’s (The Cathedral) School in Peterborough and attracted entries from 27 different schools.  Aimed at pupils in Year 9 below, it consists of four rounds of questions which are completed variously as individuals, pairs or as a team.

    Our team, comprising Third Formers Joe Lee and Sadira Pyne-Bailey, and Second Formers Charlie Evans and Lucy Hoy, performed strongly across all 4 rounds, scoring a total of 187 points out of a possible 236.  They were narrowly beaten by Oundle School, with just a few points in the final relay round separating them.

    Afterwards, Mr Andy Wilkinson from our Mathematics Department said, “This was a really strong performance from all members of the Kimbolton team.  They were unlucky to lose and should feel really proud of their second place. All is not lost, however, as we are waiting to hear whether we have qualified for the national final in London in June as one of the highest scoring runners-up.”

    NEWS JUST IN! Our team has been invited to participate in the UKMT Team Mathematics Challenge national final, taking place at the Lindley Hall in Westminster, London, on Monday 22 June 2015. They qualified as one of just four high-achieving runners-up teams in the regional final.

    In the final, they will tackle a further five rounds of mathematical challenges:

    • Group Round: Teams work to solve ten questions of varying type and difficulty.
    • Crossnumber: Similar to a crossword but with numerical answers.
    • Shuttle: Teams compete against the clock to correctly answer a series of four questions.
    • Relay: A race against the clock as teams split off into pairs, with pairs taking it in turns to solve problems.
    • Poster Competition: Teams are sent information in advance of the event about a topic for research and investigation. Topics in previous years have included the golden ratio and mathematical billiards.

    Best of luck team for the 22 June - go purple!

    FINAL RESULTS: At the end of the competition Kimbolton was placed 76th  overall, which puts us in the top 5% of the 1750 UK schools that entered the competition - a great result!