Maths Magic 13.11.17

Senior Maths Team Success

On Wednesday 8 November a team of four of our boys represented the school in the regional heat of the ‘Senior Team Maths Challenge’. Loughborough Grammar School competed against 18 other schools from Leicestershire or nearby in a test of mathematical ability, speed, accuracy and teamwork, which was held at Loughborough University.

The four team members this year were: Daniel Cropper and Jake He (both in Year 13), and Haoran Cao and Matthew Drury (both in Year 11).

The team made a very strong start in the first of three rounds; successfully combining together to solve all ten of the questions, with time to spare. Working in pairs for the remainder of the competition, the boys also achieved full marks on a testing crossnumber – a crossword but with digits instead of letters  and they went into the final round with a healthy lead over all the other teams.

The high speed shuttle relay round usually decides the competition, as an early mistake is very costly here, but Loughborough Grammar School continued to perform very strongly, securing the overall competition win before even starting the very last of the relays. All four boys contributed very well individually, as well as communicating successfully with each other to make best use of their talents.

Many congratulations to our team, who by winning the regional heat now qualify for the national final, to be held in London in February. This is in fact the 9th time in the last 11 years that Loughborough Grammar School has won the regional heat and therefore qualified for the national final of this competition.