21.12.15 - Marking Error Moves Maths Team into First Place at Regional Finals

A group of surprised students are celebrating their success in a national maths challenge, after an error was discovered in the marking of the final round at the East Midlands regional Senior Team Mathematics Challenge.

The regional finals of the East Midlands Senior Team Mathematics Challenge (STMC) took place at the University of Derby on 18th November 2015. After originally finishing in second place, our team was alerted to its success on 14th December by the UK Mathematics Trust and will now progress to the National Final in London on 2nd February 2016.

The school team comprised Ho Chi Wong, Jeanette Wu, Amy Li and Karen Lam.

Tom Brooksby, Headmaster, says: “Christmas has really come early for the team, which competed so well back in November. It just shows that even the best mathematicians can make mistakes! As a result our team will now be competing against the best student mathematical minds from across the UK at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London in February. That’s a fantastic achievement.”

The Further Mathematics Support Programme, in partnership with the UK Mathematics Trust, organises the Senior Team Mathematics Challenge (STMC). The STMC is for students in years 11, 12 and 13 testing mathematical, communication and teamwork skills. Each team must consist of four Year 11, 12 or 13 (or equivalent) students with no more than two students from Year 13. Students compete against teams from other schools and colleges from their region.

There will be four rounds at the final. The Group round, Crossnumber and Shuttle round are the same as at regional finals. There will also be a Poster competition, which will be the first round, which requires teams to design a poster illustrating mathematical concepts.