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Southwark College students represented the College in the Further Education (FE) Maths Challenge 2024 London final, organised by Mathematics Education Innovation (MEI). They competed against participants from nine colleges across the capital, emerging as second-place winners in all the challenge’s categories. 

The event, hosted at Christ the King Emmanuel Sixth Form, saw the contestants participate in the The Funkies, Ein2steins, and Go Forth categories. They tested their skills on various maths games, Tarsia cards, and Kahoot activities. 

Despite the intense competition, Southwark College students demonstrated resilience and determination, winning second place in the three categories. Their achievement was recognised with a certificate and a medal for participating in the challenge final. The winners are:

The Funkies

  • Dean McCarthy 
  • David Olusegun Arimoro
  • Sabariin Awes
  • Iman Urquhar 


  • Arsen Turchyn
  • Dennis Osei
  • Ade Martinez Feliz
  • Naysa Asare 

Go forth

  • Reynolds Odame
  • Matteo Schongut
  • Nausika Gruda
  • Eliana Pontes

Nausika Gruda, a student at Southwark College, said: "I enjoyed the positive atmosphere of the event. It was a perfect blend of fun and education, and it helped foster an uplift the mindset for all the participants. Despite the challenges, I found it to be a motivational experience, particularly for those who are determined to gain more experience and are set to achieve their goals. It was a reminder that anything is possible with hard work and a positive attitude."

Scott Peasey, Vice Principal at Southwark College, said: "The MEI FE Maths challenge has proven to be a successful way of igniting our students' passion for maths and significantly boosting young people's confidence and engagement, and showcased the power of such initiatives in shaping the future of maths education. 

"We are delighted with our students' achievements in the challenge's regional final. Their participation is a testament to their motivation and math skills. I want to congratulate the winners and well done to all the students who participated. We are all immensely proud of you!"  

MEI's Further Education (FE) Maths Challenge is a competition for post-16 students who are working towards gaining a Functional Skills maths qualification or improving their GCSE Mathematics grade.

To learn more about our Maths courses, visit

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