Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of taking a team of four students from years 8 and 9 to compete in the regional finals of the UKMT Team Maths Challenge. This year, I received an almost overwhelming interest from students wanting to take part, and so deciding on the team was a great challenge in itself. For the last threeyears, we have gone to the same venue in Northampton and had great success, finishing 6th, 4th and 3rd place.
This year, we went to the regionals at Rugby High School, where we faced much fiercer competition. The day consisted
of four rounds, and the team absolutely stormed their way through the first two, dropping only a few marks in each.After lunch, the competition stepped up a gear as we faced the ‘shuttle’ round. This round knocked us back slightly, but thedifficulty was sensed across the room, and we were delighted to hear with one round to go that we were one of the top six teams. The final round consisted of Bernie and Ollie running around the hall, hoping that the man assigned to our school would say ‘yes, that’s correct!’ It was a long last round, but the team felt that they had done well and only made a few errors.
Only the top 3 schools were announced at the end, and when joint 3rd place was announced to two of our rivals, I was gutted. As I was preparing myself to go and collect our finishing place card, second place was announced and our school was called! Second place! Our best position yet! We had beaten so many excellent schools and had just lost out to a very strong Lawrence Sheriff team. The team; Bernie Lowdon,Tom Hartland, Millie Lenehan and Ollie Dove, were absolutely fantastic and a credit to the school. They werecompetitive yet composed all day long, and thoroughly deserved our best result yet. Bring on next year… The only way is up!
At the end of last week I received a letter that I have never received before in my 6 years at LHS. It was from UKMT, the organisers of the maths challenge that we run every year. They had sent me a letter to invite one of our students, Maeve Carroll, to take part in a 5 day summer school programme at Oxford University in August. Maeve’s outstanding ‘Gold’ score in the individual challenge, that students sat back in February, placed her in the top 40 female students in the UK, and thankfully she has accepted the invitation for this truly amazing opportunity. Well done to Maeve for this fantastic achievement, I can’t wait to hear about it all when September comes around.
Head of Maths