Success in UKMT/FMSP Senior Team Maths Challenge
21st January 2015

Four Oundle pupils, Matthew Ho (17), Toby Winter (17), Jasper Poon (17) and George Mitchell (17) recently pitted their wits against other schools in the Peterborough area in the Regional round of the Senior Team Maths Challenge competition and are now through to the National finals.

The competition consisted of three forty minute rounds with the team collaborating to solve problems as a group and, in pairs, completing a cross-number puzzle and four relay races.

Maths teacher, Nick Turnbull commented, “Good communication skills and working at speed with accuracy were of the essence, so prior to the competition the pupils met on a weekly basis to practise doing rounds from previous competitions. I am delighted with the result and pleased that the pupils enjoyed their practice sessions as well as the competition itself.”

The team’s efforts were rewarded with a place in the National final, alongside Bourne Grammar School, which will take place at the Royal Horticultural Halls on 3 February.

Matthew Ho commented, “The competition was fierce. Of the eight participating schools, placing 1st was vital in order to secure a place in the National finals. Despite starting off with a rather disappointing first round, our team spirit and motivation drove us to achieve a perfect score in the second round, quickly followed by a very high score in the last round.

We are determined to train even harder for the national finals, so that our success in the finals will be determined not by luck, but by the teamwork forged through hours of training.”



Background Information on Oundle School

Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus. 

The School’s history dates 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 Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House. 

At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion due to open April 2015.  

There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 850 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children aged 4 to 11. 

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