Following successes in 2016 and 2017, Highfield Leadership Academy hosted the 2018 Year 7 Blackpool Mathematics Challenge on Thursday 12th July.

Joined by teams from LSA Technology and Performing Arts College, Hodgson Academy, Baines School, Saint Bede’s Catholic High School, St George’s School and South Shore Academy, local schools competed to find the region’s highest achievers in mathematical dexterity, teamwork and communication.

The challenges tested pupils’ mental arithmetic and applied listening skills. At the interval, Highfield, LSA and Baines topped the leaderboard with little separating the three teams, with Highfield keen to retain their 2017 title.

In a tense final rounds which rigorously tested the pupils’ collective memory and advanced problem solving skills, LSA were crowned as the champion school.

Represented by Jake Robinson, Max Kennedy, Coby Watson and Lucy Alcock, Highfield’s team worked extremely well together to lead the Academy into an excellent finish.

The event was a great success with parents and staff commending Highfield Leadership Academy for its hospitality of an event that showcased the depth of mathematical talent across the community.

Matthew Harwood, Teacher of Mathematics, commented: 

“We were delighted to welcome many schools from the local area to take part in the annual Blackpool Mathematics Challenge. All pupils and staff enjoyed the event and we were proud to host this prestigious event. We very much look forward to next year’s instalment!”