A comfortable win!
5th December 2013

In mid November, four Oundle School mathematicians won the Regional final of the Senior Team Maths Challenge at Warwick University.


Heidy Kang (18), Mikhail Bobkov (18), Matthew Ho (16) and Matthew Barringer (16) pitted their wits against 16 teams from the Midlands area.


Heidy commented, “All four of us are good at different areas of Maths. Prior to the event, the team spent a lot of time together practising past papers and team work.”


The team achieved full marks in both the group round and relay round and only lost 6 marks out of 64 in the cross-number round. They won the competition a comfortable 24 marks ahead of the school that came second and have now been invited to participate in the National Finals to be held at the Camden Centre in London on the 4 February 2014.


Maths teacher, Nick Turnbull commented, Having come second in the regional heat the previous two years, I am thrilled that Oundle has made it to the national final! The team worked really effectively together and I gather surpassed King Edward’s School, Birmingham, who won the heat held in Solihull.”


In 2013, 38 Oundle pupils received Gold awards in the Senior Maths Challenge, 62 Silver and 66 Bronze. Ten pupils achieved 100+ in the recent Senior Maths Challenge which was the breakpoint for automatic qualification to the next round - The British Maths Olympiad –BMO1. In addition, 16 pupils qualified for the Senior Kangaroo Challenge. Heidy Kang was awarded a distinction in the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls.


Press contact:


Liz Dillarstone

Publicity and Press Relations Officer

Oundle School

01832 277267

07810 788458 



Background Information on Oundle School


Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English Market town from which it takes its name. The School's buildings, dating from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.

The School's history goes back to 1556 when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocers' Company decided to divide the School into two parts: Laxton Grammar School, mainly for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, mainly for pupils from further afield. However, to mark the new millennium, the Governing Body decided to reunite the two schools under the common name of Oundle School, with Laxton as a House for day-pupils.

The School is now able to offer a range of educational possibilities to meet contemporary needs: co-educational day or boarding education, with Laxton Junior as a 4-11 day school, and Oundle School as a boarding and day school, with entry at 11, 13 or into the Sixth Form.

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