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Boys win Maths Challenge National Final with a perfect score

04 February 2015

A team of four boys from King Edward's School, Birmingham has jointly won the National Final of the Senior Team Maths Challenge with a perfect score.

Over 1,000 school teams took part in the national competition and 80 went through to the National Finals, which were held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on Tuesday, 3 February 2015.

The team of Harrison Green and Clement Chan in Year 13 and Jeremy Ho and Vidy Reddy in Year 12 scored a perfect score of 176 points to jointly win the competition with two other teams, from Harrow School and Hampton School, who also scored perfect scores.

Tim Cross, Maths Teacher and coach of the team, said: "To reach the National Finals of this competition is a fantastic accomplishment. To go on and win the competition by answering every question correctly is incredible and I am very proud indeed of these four boys."

John Claughton, Chief Master, said: "All four of these boys are exceptional mathematicians and they also love competing as a team. The school has had great success in these big national competitions at junior and senior level in recent years, but this is our first ever victory.

"We have a great mathematical tradition here and our most famous mathematician is Richard Borcherds, who won the Fields Medal, the mathematical equivalent of the Nobel Prize. These boys are the heir to that tradition and Harrison and Clement have recently received offers to study Maths at Oxford and Cambridge respectively. This success shows the great talent and potential there is in the boys of this school and this city."

The Senior Team Maths Challenge is a national competition jointly organised by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust and the Further Maths Support Programme. Over 1,000 school teams from across the UK compete in a number of maths challenges against the clock at regional rounds with the top 80 teams progressing to the National Finals.