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Sunday, 01 March 2015

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Talented west Cumbrian pupils take on country’s finest

Four talented mathematicians have been taking on the best in the country in a national competition.

Cockermouth maths kids photo
From left, Stephen Cole, Annie Paine, Joe Welford and Katherine Miller

The sixth form students from Cockermouth School competed in the national finals of the Senior Team Maths Challenge in London this week.

Joe Welford, Katherine Miller, Annie Paine and Stephen Cole achieved a score of 145 out of a total of 182 at the event at the Camden Centre, reaching a respectable mid-table position among the 59 teams taking part in the final.

The students were also able to fit in a visit to the National Portrait Gallery and the British Museum as part of their overnight trip to the capital, thanks to a financial contribution from Cockermouth firm James Walker.

Only a small number of the teams taking part were from comprehensives, with many competitors being year 12 students from some of the country’s most prestigious independent schools.

The Cockermouth students were accompanied on the trip by maths teacher Kevin Ely.

Student Stephen Cole, 17, said: “Being in the finals was a fantastic experience for us all. We had a great time in London, and the competition was taxing, but really good fun. We certainly hope to enter again next year. We are all very grateful to James Walker Ltd for the company’s sponsorship.”

Headteacher, Geoff Walker said: “This is a marvellous score and a wonderful achievement for our students, coach Mr Ely and the maths department.”

The competition, jointly organised by the UK Mathematics Trust and the Further Mathematics Support Programme, aims to promote enjoyment of maths. It was divided into three rounds - a group round, a cross-number and a mini-relay, in which teams had to answer challenging mathematical questions under time constraints.


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