Pupils Excel in National Online Maths Competitions


This spring, Wycombe Abbey pupils competed and excelled in two national Maths competitions.

Success at the University of Manchester’s Online Competition

MathsBombe Logo | Wycombe Abbey

The Wycombe Abbey Mathsbombe Team ‘WASLaplace’ (Eva, UVI; Kelly, UVI; Millie, UVI; and, Wing Lam, LVI) scored 119 out of 120 points. Mathsbombe is an online competition, organised by the University of Manchester, in which teams race to solve mind-boggling mathematical problems with speed and accuracy. this year’s team has done tremendously well, placing 19th out of more than 400 teams across the United Kingdom.

Some of the team members have taken part in this competition for four consecutive years, and state that it is quite nostalgic to participate in Mathsbombe in their final year, and that this has been their most successful competition yet.

First Place at the Purple Comet Mathematics Competition

Purple Comet Team | Wycombe Abbey


Purple Comet Competition Logo | Wycombe AbbeyAt the start of May, 14 Wycombe Abbey teams competed in the prestigious Purple Comet Mathematics competition. The competition involved collaboratively solving Olympiad style problems in timed conditions, and attracted over 2500 teams from 53 different countries.

The Senior team ‘WASLaplace’ (Annie, UVI; Eva, UVI; Kelly, UVI; Millie, UVI; Weijie, LVI; and, Wing Lam, LVI) and a Junior team ‘Root 2’ (Ashley, UIV; Chloe, UIV; Emily, UIV; Hojung, UIV; Jade, UIV; and, Mia, UIV) won first place in the United Kingdom in their respective categories. Competition members spanned 12 time zones, and the winning Senior team highlighted that the process of working together remotely was extremely exciting.

Mr David Vaccaro, Director of Learning and Innovation, said: “This is a very serious competition. The Junior team did extremely well and the Senior team solving 17 questions is a very strong performance.”

Congratulations to all who took part!

Report by Kelly (UVI)