Framlingham College was proud to host the East Anglia Regional heat of the UKMT Intermediate Maths Team Challenge for the sixth consecutive year. Such is the popularity of the event at our school that this year for the first time it stretched over two days. Twenty schools took part on the Thursday and a further nineteen participated today, each with four pupils from Years 8 and 9. Both days consisted of four rounds which relied on communication and teamwork as well as mathematical skills and strategic quick thinking, the final round being an exciting relay race.
The competition is sponsored by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust and supported by the actuarial profession.
All participating pupils received a small prize, with the top three teams each receiving a UKMT certificate from the Headmaster, Mr Paul Taylor. The top team from each day will go on to compete in the National finals in London.
Staff and pupils enjoyed a great day of mathematics and visitors were unanimous in their praise of the excellent catering at the College. The organisers were pleased to report an improvement in this year’s overall performances.
On Thursday competition was tight, with close scores recorded for the top ten teams, apart from a significant lead for the overall winners! Our congratulations go to everyone who took part, in particular the winning teams: 1st place: Colchester Royal Grammar School; 2nd place: Benjamin Britten High School; 3rd place: Kesgrave High School.
Friday was an equally exciting day with Taverham Hall winning overall.
Framlingham competed well, our two young mathematician teams being Matthew Oon, Nicholas Parford in Year 9 with Jolyon Summers and Joshua Butler in Year 8, (13th place) and Ali Goodhead and Georgina Seymour in Year 9 with Emily Lewis and Rupert Dean in Year 8, (18th place). It was good to see all of the students working so well together.
Many thanks go to Mrs Ward for organising the event, and to our own support staff who helped the day run so smoothly; thanks also to Mrs Russell at Brandeston Hall and Mr Pirvu at the College for their efforts in preparing our teams. Special thanks go to Tim Alexander (Year 13) and Mr Pirvu who provided invaluable help throughout the day.