Pupils in anxious wait for maths final
YOUNG maths-whizzes are facing an anxious wait to see to see if they have qualified for the final of a national contest.
The brilliant brains of four young walking calculators finished a superb second out of 30 north west teams in a regional heat of the UK Senior Mathematics Challenge at Manchester University.
However, with only one team certain to qualify, the King’s boffins - Laura Embrey, Matt Harden, Dmitri Whitmore and Alistair Thomson - will have to wait for the results to come in from nearly 70 other heats.
The team, who came second to Altrincham Girls Grammar and all want to study Mathematics at Cambridge University, explained their love of numbers. Matt Harden, 16, said: “There is always a right answer and no matter how taxing you can find a way to solve a problem.”
King’s Mathematics teacher Dr. Anna Hazel said: “Mathematics lies at the heart of scientific endeavour, from the use of calculators to models for population growth to the Black-Scholes equation to predict the Stock Market.
“People leaving school with high level maths qualifications are valued as logical and creative problem solvers.”
●● Dolly’s Diner winners from left to right (back row) are: Poppy Grieves, Scott Whitbread, Emily Heathcote, Catherine Anders and Wiki Lis with the Dragons (seated left to right) Sue Gill, Robin Tait, Ian Shenton and Lee Vickers.
●● Laura Embrey, Matt Harden, Dmitri Whitmore and Alistair Thomson, pictured with Dr. Anna Hazel.