On Wednesday, 12th November, the LGS sixth form maths team travelled to Loughborough University for a maths competition against other schools from Leicestershire and surrounding areas. The four students in our team were Aaron Chung and Kelvin Leung from Year 13 and Anuj Doshi and Sahil Mali from Year 12.
The team had been training very hard in the days leading up to the competition, both practising with old questions and learning by heart the values of very many obscure square and cube numbers – they could tell you, for example, that 18² = 324 and that 13³ – 2197.
The competition demands that students work very quickly but also very accurately throughout, with any small error punished heavily. The first round had the most difficult questions and our team didn’t quite finish all of them, but our second round was all perfectly correct and this put us in first place overall going into the high speed relays. Despite one misreading of a question, LGS performed superbly in this high pressure last round to maintain their lead and win the competition. Beauchamp College were second with Ratcliffe College third.
Our team will now go to London to compete in the National Final, in February. This is the seventh time in the last eight years that we have qualified for the National Final.