Congratulations to our team of four sixth formers who represented Stover in the Regional Senior Team Mathematics Challenge at Exeter University. This really is a sensational success and I am very proud of them all.
Stover were competing against 15 other schools from the region, including Exeter School, Maynard School, Blundells, Colyton Grammar School, Wellington College, and similar so the opposition was very strong. Our team consisted of James Li and Ngoc To from Year 13 and Andra Zahara and Jane Chen from Year 12 who did brilliantly in gaining a score of 133 out of a maximum of 176. Some of the questions were of a standard well beyond Further Mathematics A Level and demanded mathematical flair and creativity in determining the best approach. In addition, the questions had to be answered under very tight time pressure. Because of the team nature of the event, they also had to demonstrate shrewd strategic thinking in determining how the team divided up the work on the questions.
The Challenge is run annually by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust jointly with the Further Mathematics Support Programme and this year was sponsored by Rolls Royce. At regional level, it consists of three rounds of different types of questions where the marking is very strict with no marks for correct part-answers or for using the right method but with calculation slip-ups or for going broadly in the right direction!
Having won the regional heat, our team has been invited to participate in the National Finals in London on Tuesday 5 February 2013, competing against the winners of the other regional heats. This will be a full day event with an additional fourth round based on work prepared in advance. Pupils will receive two certificates each - one for being part of a participating team and the other for gaining first place as part of the regional winning team. I will present these certificates in the next Whole School Assembly.