Second place in national final

Against exceptional talent, a team of four mathematicians from Alton College secured second place in the National Final of the UK Maths Trust Senior Team Maths Challenge this week.

Alton College won the Hampshire and IoW regional heat in November (for the third year running), beating other Sixth Form Colleges and independent schools from the area. In the national final, Ed Kirkby, Edd Evans, James Butcher and Kris Stokkereit scooped a highly respectable second place against 58 other formidable schools and colleges from across the country, including Eton College and Cherwell School. The team scored 100% in the first round, dropped a single point in the second, and overall totalled 175/182 points. 

With just two points between the winners, Hampton School, and Alton College, Dr Dave Lynch explained that it was a very close competition and as always he was “incredibly proud of his team’s efforts”. Rainham Mark Grammar School in Kent came in third with 174 points. About 1000 teams took part in regional finals around the UK, with 59 winners qualifying for the national final.

Maths at Alton College continues to excel in both team and individual challenges. For the past six years we have surpassed national averages with a healthy collection of gold, silver and bronze certificates at the UK Maths Trust Senior Maths Challenge.  In 2013, four students qualified for the British Maths Olympiad, a competition only open to 1000 mathematicians in the UK. In 2012, Alton College won the National Final of the Senior Team Maths Challenge and represented the UK in the Italian Team Maths Competition.