Maths challenge adds up to success for Colyton team

PUBLISHED: 07:01 30 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:58 04 July 2017

The Colyton GS maths  team with  teacher Tony Fudger. Pitcure: ANDREW BELL

The Colyton GS maths team with teacher Tony Fudger. Pitcure: ANDREW BELL

A. J. G. Bell

Grammar School students finish in 30th spot out of 88 national finalists

Two of the Colyton maths team in action. Picture: ANDREW BELLTwo of the Colyton maths team in action. Picture: ANDREW BELL

A team of four Colyton Grammar School students recently finished highly rated in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Team Challenge, finishing in the top third.

Having emerged victorious in their regional final, the team of 13-year-olds were one of 88 selected from an initial entry of 1,700 teams, comprising students in years 8 and 9 from across the UK.

Ben Gray, Liam Turner, Simon Mould and Rebecca Naylor competed in five rounds, at the Royal Horticultural Society in London, designed to challenge their mathematical and lateral thinking abilities.

The team faced challenges such as the ‘cross number round’, the ‘shuttle round’ and the ‘cycle round’, combining mathematical questions with practical applications whilst struggling through the 300 heat.

Simon Mould praised the event as: “A very enjoyable experience despite the heatwave!”

Colyton maths teacher Tony Fudger said that, “Finishing 30th is a great achievement – we are very proud of the team.”

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