School Spotlight column

Pocklington Schools maths team compete in the London final.
Pocklington Schools maths team compete in the London final.

Pocklington School finished tenth out of 1,296 teams entered into a national competition to test the highest performing mathematics students in the UK.

James Laudage, Thomas Luo, Louisa Cullen and Peter Wu represented the school in the National Final of the Senior Team Maths Challenge, run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust and the government-backed Further Maths Support Programme.

Teams from 88 schools made the London final, and were tested in five rounds.

These not only tried their numerical ability, but also their skill at working against the clock, thinking logically, their research and presentation skills, as well as their ability to work in pairs or as a team.

James and Thomas (both Upper Sixth Formers), and Louisa and Peter (Lower Sixth) were coached by Mathematics teacher Holly Shand to achieve the school’s highest ever finish in a national final.

John Cullen, Head of Mathematics, said: “This is a significant achievement for these four talented Pocklingtonians, competing as a team at the highest level against the best mathematicians of their generation in a highly competitive and pressured environment.”