Maths took centre stage this last week with a myriad of activities and competitions, giving boys from across the school a chance to shine.

25 of our top mathematicians took part in the second round of the UK Senior Mathematical Challenge last week, with four of these boys, James Hooper, Ben Watson (Upper Sixth) and Tony Zhang and Justin Zhao (Lower Sixth) going on to compete in the regional final held at Redborne Upper School.

This highly respected challenge in the Maths’ calendar is hotly contested by thousands of pupils across the country who tackle a variety of engaging mathematical activities while developing teamwork and communication skills in the process.

We were therefore delighted when the Bedford team won the regional event, beating 12 other schools to secure themselves a place in the national final, which will take place in London in February.

Meanwhile, Upper Sixth Former Flik Feng qualified to take part in the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1, which will entail a three and a half hour challenging paper with six problems. This is an outstanding achievement for Flik, and places him among the most elite mathematicians of his age group.

Finally, what better way to get into the festive spirit than with our traditional annual Pythagoreans Christmas quiz, which attracted a large number of boys.   

Head of Maths Miss Rebecca Jackson, commented, “It has been a delight to see so many boys enthusiastically throw themselves into extracurricular Maths. I’m extremely proud of our Senior Maths team who worked so hard and thoroughly deserve a place in the final in February – I wish them the very best of luck.”

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