A NUMBER-CRUNCHING team of students have come top in a regional maths competition to make it into the national finals.
The team of four students from Hartlepool Sixth Form College won the regional round of the Senior Mathematical Team Challenge.
Winning through to the finals reflects the dedication of the students and their teachers to achieve such high standard of maths at the college this year.
The team members were Kathryn Smurthwaite, a Year 12 student who came to the college from Dyke House Sports and Technology College; Declan Carroll, a former High Tunstall College student, who is now in Year 13; Hu Yinan (known as David) and Zhang Hao (known as Barry), who are two of the college’s international students from China.
College bosses say the competition was close fought until a “cool and clinical performance by the Hartlepool Sixth Form team in the final high-pressure round was rewarded with a win by 10 points over their nearest regional rivals”.
It means the team will now proceed to the national competition, in London, on February 3, 2015, to compete against the best mathematicians in the country.
David Skirving, maths teacher at the college, said: “The students worked exceptionally hard, with support from their teachers in preparing for the competition, and we are truly proud of their achievement.
“The high levels of success that has been achieved this year in the maths department is fantastic, and it is so rewarding see students achieve at the highest level.”