Number’s not up for top maths pupils

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Maths puzzles were clearly not a problem for Pocklington pupils who make it to final of national competition.

Pocklington School won the regional heat of the mathematics competition and now go through to the final.

The Team Maths Challenge is run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust and schools from around the UK compete in a series of rounds.

The first round involves activities which help teachers select a team of four pupils to represent their school. Second year pupils George Heywood and Henry Durie and third year pupils Alice Cullen and William Fox made up Pocklington School’s team and competed against others in the area at the regional final recently held in Hull.

The second round of the challenge saw pupils compete in a group competition where teams solve ten questions within a specified time, and a head-to-head competition where pupils compete in pairs against students from other schools.

There was a crossnumber challenge, in which the youngsters completed numerical crosswords, and finally a relay race in which the teams compete against the clock to solve problems.

The team won the second round and will compete at the national final held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on Monday, 20 June.

John Cullen, head of mathematics, said: “The team practised for several weeks and were delighted to improve on last year’s second place finish.”