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12 March 2018

​King’s Schools Compete in the UKMT Mathematics Challenge!

King’s Schools pupils recently competed in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Challenge (UKMT). King’s Hall Academic Scholars, Harry Cartwright and Will Mercer, along with Ella Dai and James Rew from King’s College took on this stimulating and challenging event held at Exmouth College.

The UKMT organise an annual challenge for pupils in Year 8 and 9 on a regional basis as part of a national event.

The competition commenced with a team round of very demanding brainteasers. As well as the mathematical acumen required, the team also needed to ensure they had a good strategy in place in terms of teamwork and collaboration.

Round two was the ‘shuttle’ round, where the team was divided into two pairs and each pair relied on the other to provide them with a key number to solve their own problem – teamwork and pressure in equal measure!

Following a much needed lunch break, round three was a ‘cross-number’ (a crossword but with numbers), with one pair being given the across clues and the other the down ones. Once again, the problem-solving was at a high level, but the strategy and cooperation were very impressive.

In the final round, the ‘relay’, it was time to stretch their muscles as well as their brains, with each pair stationed at either end of the large hall – bringing fitness and time pressure into the challenge.

Tension started to build as the results were announced. There were big smiles all round as our team finished a very creditable 7th out of 29 teams.

It was a great day of fun, challenge and teamwork. Well done to all our pupils on this fantastic achievement!

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