A TEAM of students are celebrating after reaching the final of the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Senior Team Challenge.

The four A-level maths students from Darlington's Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College – Andrew Brown, James Morgan, James Terrill and Richard Kirkham – competed against 15 other regional schools and sixth form colleges in three rounds to determine who would travel to London in February to participate in the national final.

Coming joint first, they have now qualified for the grand final which will see all of the regional winners compete for the title of national champions.

Team captain James Terrill, said: "I was incredibly proud of our team, not only in our ability to work at our best under immense pressure on the day, but also at how we improved throughout our training in the weeks before the competition.

"I was also really impressed not just with those on the winning team, but by the enthusiasm and hard work of all of the first year Further Maths students who took part in the training and selection process."