Mathematicians do battle in team competition

QE took on some of the region’s leading schools in a national team-based Mathematics competition.

The team of four Sixth-Formers came fourth out of 20 teams in the Senior Team Maths Challenge regional heat, hosted by Merchant Taylors’ School, scoring 147 points out of a possible 180. First place went to North London Collegiate School, second to Merchant Taylor’s and third to Harrow, while the QE boys finished ahead of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ and Watford Grammar School for Boys.

""Wendy Fung, Assistant Head of Mathematics, said: “The boys had a great afternoon competing with and meeting other keen young mathematicians, but are disappointed not to have progressed further.”

The competition is run jointly by the UK Mathematics Trust and the Further Mathematics Support Programme, a Government-funded initiative. It includes: a group round, which teams have 40 minutes to solve; a crossnumber round, similar to a crossword, and a shuttle round, in which teams compete against the clock to answer questions correctly in a sequence.

""Aneesh Chopada, Oliver Robinson, Vigneswaran Thelaxshan and Abhijeet Vakil, all from Year 12, were selected to take part in the competition.

Team captain Vigneswaran said: “It was a challenging and fun afternoon. We really enjoyed the puzzles and the problems.”