Talented team prepares for maths final

Mathematicians Luke Barratt, Stuart Hull, Dan Wanger and Ben Curnow from Backwell School.

Mathematicians Luke Barratt, Stuart Hull, Dan Wanger and Ben Curnow from Backwell School. - Credit: Archant

Four students from Backwell School have secured a place in the finals of a prestigious maths competition.

Luke Barratt, Stuart Hull, Dan Wanger and Ben Curnow in years 11 to 13 beat teams from 19 other schools at the regional heat of the senior team mathematics competition, which is organised by the Further Mathematics Support Programme in partnership with the UK Mathematics Trust

The competition was split into three sections and students were set a number of complicated and challenging maths puzzles lasting for around three hours.

Debbie Usoro, head of maths and computing at Backwell School, accompanied the team to the regional heat in Bristol.

She said: “I am delighted for the students and so proud of them. They are a very talented team and deserve to do well in the finals in February.”


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The challenge is open to students in years 11, 12 and 13 and tests mathematical, communication and teamwork skills.

The competition is sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc and the team will be travelling to London to take part in the final on February 2.

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