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Maths Team Makes National Final

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A team of four Boys’ Division pupils will be competing against teams across the United Kingdom for this year’s UK Team Maths Challenge trophy! Eddy Backhouse and Matthew Schaffel from Year 9 and Krishnan Ajit and Alex Gao from Year 8 finished in first place at the Regional Final held at the University of Manchester. They won the opportunity to compete in the National Final, which will be held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on Monday 22nd June. Almost 1,700 schools entered the competition, and eighty have qualified to take part in the Final.

The Team Maths Challenge is run by the UK Mathematics Trust, a charity which aims to advance the mathematical education of children and young people. The National Final involves teams of four pupils from Years 8 and 9 competing in a number of different activities designed to challenge their mathematical skills.

There will be a group circus, involving practical maths problems, and a relay race for which pupils need to combine speedy maths skills with speed across the room. A ‘crossnumber’ or mathematical crossword will require two members of the team to work on the across clues while the other pair works on the down. There will also be a series of shuttles where teams compete against the clock to answer a series of questions. The final challenge of the day is a poster competition asking pupils to design a poster on a mathematical subject.

This is the third time that Bolton School boys have qualified for the National Final of the Team Maths Challenge, and the four boys are really excited that they have the opportunity to compete at this high level.

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Alex, Eddy, Krishnan and Matthew with the statue of Alan Turing at the University of Manchester

Alex, Eddy, Krishnan and Matthew with the statue of Alan Turing at the University of Manchester