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Oldham College > Others at MEI FE Maths Challenge

Oldham College’s first-ever appearance in the Regional Finals of the Mathematics Education Innovation (MEI) FE Maths Challenge added up to a spectacular performance.

Ten of our learners travelled to Leeds College of Building last Friday after they had finished in the top places across three ability levels in our College Finals last month.

To be successful in this competition you need a passion for the subject, excellent problem-solving skills, plus an ability to communicate effectively and maintain focus under pressure – and they showed this in abundance…

Our Go Forth team (for students whose highest GCSE grade is a 3) won GOLD by taking first place.

Learners Carter, Daniela, Michael and Quan now also hold the all-time national record for the fastest Tarsia puzzle competition after answering every question correctly in just five minutes and 31 seconds.

The Funkies (learners Sebile, Michelle and Leo, whose highest GCSE grade is a 1) finished second in their contest and brought home SILVER.

The Ein2steins (learners Freya, Macy and Abby, whose highest GCSE grade is a 2) also finished in the top five teams.

Joanne Rumney, Director of English, Maths & ESOL, said: “We’re very proud of these learners for representing the college so well and demonstrating real excellence in maths.”

“The event was absolutely buzzing and it was brilliant to see such enthusiasm, resilience and confidence in maths – particularly when many of the learners competing may have previously struggled in this subject at school.”

Carly McManus, Head of Faculty, Maths, added: “When it was announced that Oldham had won the Gold we were so proud – but when they said we’d also set a new national all-time record, we were astonished!

“You could sense the pride the learners took in their achievement and it was fantastic to recognise and celebrate their success. The event was an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of maths and we are now planning on hosting this event next year here at Oldham College.”

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