To sum up: Clever Alnwick students are number one

The team of Scott Edwards, Oscar Wilson, Emma Hutchings and Catherine Jackson with maths teacher Ellen Stewart.
The team of Scott Edwards, Oscar Wilson, Emma Hutchings and Catherine Jackson with maths teacher Ellen Stewart.

A team of top maths students from the Duchess’s Community High School in Alnwick beat 23 other schools to become overall winners at the Durham Secondary Mathematics Challenge earlier this month.

Year 10 student Scott Edwards and Year 9 pupils Oscar Wilson, Emma Hutchings and Catherine Jackson completed a day of rigorous maths challenges to achieve this triumph.

They had ventured down to County Durham with their maths teacher Ellen Stewart for the event and were certainly put through their paces.

They designed a poster based on the theme of Order and Chaos where they employed scatter graphs and fractals and then went head to head against another school in a game of Pentominos.

Each team member brought their own skills and knowledge to the group as they overcame challenge after challenge.

But do not think this was a day of sitting at desks quietly contemplating sums; far from it. At times, the team had to dash from challenge to challenge with only five minutes to solve a problem and later had to sprint down the hall to check their answers and gain the next puzzle.

When the winners were announced, it was difficult to say who cheered more, the students or their proud teacher Mrs Stewart!