Number crunching pays off for De Aston in national tournament

National Maths Challenge winners, from left, Poppy Smith, Philippa Geddes, Maia Folger and Tom Cocking, with maths teacher Peter North.
National Maths Challenge winners, from left, Poppy Smith, Philippa Geddes, Maia Folger and Tom Cocking, with maths teacher Peter North.

TALENTED mathematicians from De Aston School in Market Rasen secured a second place in a prestigious national competition.

Maia Folger, Philippa 
Geddes, Tom Cocking and 
Poppy Smith, along with the helping hand of their teacher Peter North, competed in The Edge Hill 
Mathematics Challenge - a national challenge open to all schools in the UK.

Schools can enter a maximum of five groups for the first challenge set by the university and selected teams are then invited to complete a second challenge.

The De Aston group was one of 25 selected to take part in the final at Edge Hill University, where they had to deliver a 15-minute 
presentation to a panel of judges and then face questions on their 
presentation and mathematical methods.

A number of other students 
have also done well in the 
national junior maths challenge - Rory Miller, Dominic Frost, Ross Blow, Megan Paterson, Dominic Batey, Keiran Hughes and Jayne Milburn.

But special congratulations go to Tek Kan Chung who qualified for the next round - The Junior Maths Olympiad.

He achieved a Certificate of 
Distinction and a silver medal 
and was one of only 50 students 
nationally to receive a prize.