During the summer holidays, Year 11 pupil, Edward Wilmouth, entered the Dove Mathematics Competition run by Wycombe Abbey School. We are thrilled to report that Edward was one of the five pupils who answered all of the questions correctly.
Pupils who took part in the competition had 24 hours to submit their answers and over 350 individuals and teams entered.
Due to the success of the competition, Wycombe Abbey have decided to hold further competitions throughout the academic year for ambitious mathematicians in the UK and abroad. Participants that sign up will receive mathematical problems each month, and the best performers will be eligible for a prize.
‘My teacher Miss Batty encouraged us to take part in the competition over the summer. It’s quite funny really because I woke up on the final morning you could enter, realising I only had that day to do it. I rushed downstairs and told my dad and then I spent pretty much the whole day confined to my room working on it,’ reflected Edward.
Edward was pleased to receive the book prize, Alex’s Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos, and has continued with the online competitions, the first of which started this month.
‘I have already started the next competition. It’s very different in some ways as we have longer to do the test but there is the same amount of problems as the previous one,’ Edward added.
‘The competition was very much an optional thing for pupils to do in the summer. I’m so pleased some of them took part in it, and we are all delighted with Edward’s achievement,’ commented Miss Batty, Teacher of Maths.
‘This is a tremendous achievement in a national competition and we congratulate Edward on his success,’ added Duncan Byrne, Deputy Head (Academic).