A team of young mathematicians from Bourne Grammar School have narrowly missed out on winning a regional award.
The pupils were runners-up in the regional final of the Year 10 Maths Team Challenge at Loughborough University.
The team, who are pictured, included Lloyd Pares, from Bourne, Luke Reed and Ethan Webb, both of Market Deeping, and George Cooper from Deeping St James.
The boys qualified for the competition after winning the South Lincolnshire round of the contest which is run by the Further Maths Support Programme and is designed to challenge and inspire the next generation of mathematicians.
They were put through their paces over a number of individual, pair and team rounds.
Head of maths at the school, David Russell, said: “The team gave an excellent performance and their preparation, which included topics studied at A-Level, really paid off.
“Only a few marks separated the top three places.”