A calculated win for maths challenge champions from Chapel Allerton

Wednesday 13 November 2013

WEB Chapel Allerton maths challenge winners

A team of young number crunchers from Chapel Allerton had all the right answers in the annual maths competition run by The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL).

In a hotly contested final, the team of four year 6 pupils from Chapel Allerton Primary School overcame teams from 23 other schools to take the trophy in the Leeds Junior Schools’ Maths Challenge, held at GSAL. The finalists had earned their places following semi-finals involving nearly 50 schools from across Leeds and surrounding areas.

The Chapel Allerton team (pictured l-r) of Kaustubh Bhatnagar,
Adam Powell, Bethany Hare and Faith Hardy proved to be a winning combination, as each team member decided a different part of the competition was their favourite. The tests included number grids, puzzles and a multiple choice maths challenge.

Kaustabh said: “There was something for everyone. Some questions were easy, others really hard and luckily we had done algebra in extra maths!”

Faith said: “We enjoyed coming out of school to do maths and liked the competition part of it even though it was tense. When I heard we had won I felt over the moon!”

Mrs Boland, higher level teaching assistant in year 6, accompanied the team to the competition. She said: “It was hard for us to pick a team from all our talented year 6 mathematicians. I felt they had a good chance because I know how bright they are and they had come second in their semi-final, but it comes down to how it goes on the day against some tough competition.”

Collingham Lady Elizabeth Hastings Church of England Primary School went one better than last year to take the runner up spot, while Westville House School from Ilkley came third.

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