On Friday, 7 December, Daniel Bell, April Mossop, Danielle Hayton and Matthew Glover from Workington Academy’s year 12 took part in the Senior Maths Team Challenge at Caldew School, Dalston. They pitted their mathematical talents against other sixth form teams from all of Cumbria and South West Scotland in the competition, which is organised by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust.
The event is made up of four rounds – The Group round, where students have 40 minutes to answer ten questions; The Crossnumber round, where students work in pairs to solve a complex crossword type puzzle; The Shuttle Round, where the answer to one question feeds into the next question and a final Relay Round where questions must be answered under a strict time limit. The competition is designed to stretch able students and encourages them to work as a team.
Workington Academy came third in the competition, making them the top-placed comprehensive school in Cumbria and South West Scotland. Workington Academy Headteacher, Des Bird said – “These students are extremely talented and hard working. All of them achieved a grade 9 in their maths GCSE and are studying Maths and Further Maths at our Sixth Form. I am delighted to see them performing so well in this prestigious competition and hopefully they can mount a strong challenge to win the competition next year.”