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Students Enjoy Thrilling Contest Between Top Mathematics Students

At the Centre for Mathematical Sciences last week, 30 teams of the best mathematics students from local schools and colleges tackled a series of demanding mathematical challenges for over three hours. It was the regional final of the Senior Team Mathematics Challenge, a competition organised jointly by the Further Mathematics Support Programme and the UK Mathematics Trust and sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc. The aim of the competition is to provide a stimulating and enjoyable challenge for 16-19 year-old mathematics students by focusing on problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills.

At the end of the three rounds of group problem-solving, team cross-number puzzle and mathematical relay race, the overall winners were the team from Robert Smyth Academy, who will go on to the national final in London in February. The STMC is now in its 7th year and attracts over 1000 teams from schools and colleges from around the UK.

Hinchingbrooke School sent four of their top mathematicians from the sixth form on a mission to conquer the National Senior Team Challenge. The previous year we had finished twelfth, whilst we did not improve on our position and finished fifteenth this year we were still the top state school in our heat. Mr Hancock – Maths Teacher said  “The challenge was of an exceptionally high quality and the standard set this year by both Hinchingbrooke School and the rest of the competitors was of the highest that I had seen. Well done to Team Maths who did themselves, their teachers and the school proud!”

Hinchingbrooke “Team Maths” consisted of: Sadie Hodgson (captain), Sally Barker, Joanna Chen and Ryan Perry. Photograph Attached.


  1. The Senior Team Mathematics Challenge involves teams of four 16-19 year-old students competing in:
  • a group round where the team works together to answer as many questions possible in the allowed time;
  • a mathematical cross-number with two members of the team working on the across clues and two on the down;
  • a relay where answers from one question feed in to the next;

The challenges test mathematical skills and also teamwork and communication skills.

  1. The Further Mathematics Support Programme is a national DfE-funded programme, managed by MEI, an independent educational charity. The aim of the FMSP is to give every student who could benefit from studying Further Mathematics the opportunity to do so. It supports students, teachers and schools, providing tuition, professional development, and enrichment opportunities. Further information about the FMSP is available at
  2. The UK Mathematics Trust is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics.  It organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for UK secondary school pupils.  Further information about the Trust and its activities is available at