KLA + Maths Mastermind = Winners!

1st… KLA – 107
2nd… KES – 84
3rd… Springwood – 79

King’s Lynn Academy are celebrating a landslide win at this year’s Inter-School Maths Mastermind challenge, taking away five individual year group trophies and the overall award for the highest accumulative score across the board.

On Friday 13th January, the best of King’s Lynn secondary schools’ math students put their brains to the test to be named inter-school maths mastermind champions for 2017.

Host school King’s Lynn Academy was up against tough competition from King Edward VII Academy and Springwood High School, with St Clements sending their apologies.

King’s Lynn Academy stormed their way to the top of the leader board with an unbeatable 107 points. In second place was King Edward VII Academy with a respectable 84 points and in third position was Springwood High School with 79.

The whole competition was fiercely competed throughout, with one student per year group, from each school, answering as many mental arithmetic questions as possible in a two minute timeframe. Competitors took their place in the big black chair under the spotlight, just as it is on the popular TV game show, with the added pressure of a packed school hall audience.

KLA’s Year 7 entrant Elise said: “I didn’t expect everyone from my team to win their rounds. It was a great result for us as a school. The competition was really nerve-wracking but I’m glad I put myself to the test and will happily re-enter next year.”

Carolyn Fysh, numeracy coordinator and organiser of the event said: “All congratulations must go to the whole of the King’s Lynn Academy team. This is now the third consecutive year we have won this competition and the first year that any school has won across every year group. A huge well done to them all. I cannot believe how outstandingly proud I was of all our competitors. I am so proud I could burst!”

Visiting schools remarked on how well KLA had organised the event, and all said they couldn’t wait to do it all again next year.

Barney Rimmer, head of school, presented the overall winning trophy to KLA at the end of the competition. He said: “Well done to everyone involved. It takes real guts to get up on the stage and compete in front of your classmates and other schools.”