In a closely contested final, the senior maths team from Concord were pipped at the post by as few as two or three points in the UKMT Senior Mathematical Challenge in London.
Judges said it was ‘remarkably close’ at the top with Concord’s team of Olivia, Michael, Emily and Felix finishing joint third with Ruthin School.
Westminster and Durham came joint 1st but were only two or three points ahead of the Concord team which came away with a glass trophy as well as individual books and Rubik’s dodecahedron.
A total of 1,300 teams entered the challenge and after the regional heats 87 teams were invited to London for the final.
Said Mr Wes Briscoe who teaches mathematics at Concord College and accompanied the team to the final in the Royal Horticultural Halls, London: “The team should be heartily congratulated.
“They not only displayed their maths prowess, but also their excellent team work.
“The judges didn’t give the scores, but said only two or three points separated the top four teams.
“Michael in particular was sensational. In the relay round he threw himself round the hall to collect his questions, answer them and have them marked.
“By the end of the round of 24 questions he had removed about three outer layers of clothing and the sweat was evident on his brow.
“The relay required extremely quick thinking and team working skills – it was definitely a highlight.”
He added that it was also Olivia’s birthday whilst they were in London. “So hopefully it was a memorable day for her as well as the rest of the team.”