Pupils compete in maths challenge

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YOUNG number-crunchers took part in this year’s East Durham Schools Maths Challenge.

The event at the Peterlee-based college saw 11 teams of four competing for top honours.

The teams taking part were from St Bede’s School, Dene Community School, Easington Academy, Seaham School, and Academy at Shotton Hall.

Year 10 and 11 students took part in six fiercely competed rounds, which included a mix of maths questions and problem-solving tasks.

Pupils were also challenged to construct a bridge from pasta in one round, with winners of the round decided by whose bridge could hold the most weight.

Seaham School prevailed with a winning score of 56 points.

Runner-up was Academy at Shotton Hall, just one point behind.

Seaham’s winning team members were Natalie Bowmaker, Beth Ritchie, Lauren McGhin and Conor Newby.

Andrew Green, the team’s maths teacher, said: “I’m not shocked, but very pleased and proud that the team won.

“They are part of a wonderful class who are a complete joy to teach.”

He added: “I’m delighted that they managed to win the trophy for Seaham. Well done.”