King’s Ely maths team make school history by competing in national finals

King’s Ely students Thomas Kim, Benedict George, George Collier and Eleanor MacGillivray.

King’s Ely students Thomas Kim, Benedict George, George Collier and Eleanor MacGillivray. - Credit: Archant

Four King’s Ely students have made school history by competing in the national finals of a maths competition.

King’s Ely junior pupils Eleanor MacGillivray and George Collier, 13, and senior students Thomas Kim and Benedict George, 14, won the regional finals of the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust’s (UKMT) Team Maths Challenge.

They were one of 88 teams out of over 1,700 students who entered to qualify for the national finals.

It is the first time in the school’s history that a King’s Ely team has qualified for the national finals. They placed 42nd on the day, placing them in the top two per cent nationally.

The team competed in rounds involving different types of teamwork and problem solving.


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Audrienne Bezzina, head of maths, said: “We are so proud of Eleanor, George, Benedict and Thomas. To get to the national finals is a massive achievement in itself so to be placed in the top half of the teams who qualified is amazing.”

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