Talented mathematicians at The Sixth Form College, Solihull represented the College in the Solihull heat of the national Senior Team Mathematics Challenge this week and finished a creditable sixth out of 12 teams.
The event was hosted at the College and saw teams from 11 other schools and colleges going head-to-head in this demanding mathematical competition. Teams were present representing Arden Academy, Bablake School, Chenderit School, King Edwards School Birmingham, Rugby School, Rugby High School, Solihull School, Stratford-upon-Avon School, Tudor Grange Academy Redditch, Tudor Grange Academy Solihull and Worcester Sixth Form College.
The competition took the form of a three-part challenge. In the first round, the teams of 4 students had 40 minutes to answer ten questions. Then came the cross-number round, which is like a crossword but with numbers, in which students worked in pairs on either the across clues or the down clues, racing to complete their team’s grid first. The final round was the shuttle, where questions alternated between pairs of students within each team, with the added twist that the answer from each question was needed for the next.
The Sixth Form College, Solihull team consisted of Alice Bennett, Craig Forrest, Steph Loose and James Mason, all of whom are studying A level Further Mathematics at the College.
Isabel Cooper, the organiser of the Solihull Heat, commented: “Alice, Craig, Steph and James did a great job. The Maths challenges they were tackling are highly advanced and they were facing other very gifted mathematicians. Good team work and quick mathematical thinking are the key to doing well in this competition and that’s exactly what they achieved. All the students who participated enjoyed the event, which we were delighted to host once again.”
The competition was won by King Edwards School, ahead of Bablake and Rugby Schools.