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Number Heroes competition winners 2023!

5 Jul 2023

We are thrilled to announce the winners and runners-up for the National Numeracy Day 2023 Number Heroes competition!

Image showing the six winners' entries, with text saying "Number Heroes competition winners!

National Numeracy Ambassador Bobby Seagull invited children across the UK to show us all the different ways they will use numbers when they grow up – and they delivered! We saw everything from scientists to sunbathers, deep-sea divers to dentists, and even a trampolinist or two!

We had six categories so that everyone aged 3 to 13, as well as children and young people in receipt of SEN support or an EHCP, could enter to win one of six prize bundles worth over £1,000 for their school. These prize bundles were made possible thanks to generous donations from Black & White Publishing, KPMG, Numberblocks, Numbots, Oxford University Press, Times Tables Rock Stars, and White Rose Maths.

Bobby faced a difficult decision choosing only six winners from the 10,000 incredible entries, but after rounds of shortlists the following were chosen – winning a prize and certificate for themselves, as well as goodies to get their schools and communities all feeling number confident:

  • Pre-School: Chloe, Meadows Day Nursery
  • Primary A: Isaac, Bicton CE Primary School
  • Primary B: Deborah, Beis Yaakov Primary School
  • Primary C: Rishi, Fairfield Prep School
  • Secondary A: James, Southend High School for Boys
  • SEND/EHCP: Vanesa, Five Acre Wood School

And with so many excellent entries, there had to be even more runners-up! Those chosen as runners-up were:

  • Amelia, Whitchurch Primary School
  • Archie, Canon Burrows CE Primary School
  • Emily, Hurst Primary School
  • Florry, Sidmouth College
  • Freya, Nine Mile Ride Primary School
  • Jai-Han, Chase Bridge Primary School
  • Jesse, Overfields Primary School
  • Leah, Newtown Community Primary School
  • Lillie, Bedminster Down School
  • Luca, St Andrew's Primary School
  • Madeeha, Tauheedul Islam Girls' High School
  • Oscar, St Paul & St Timothy's Catholic Infant School
  • Scarlett, St Ann's Heath Junior School
  • Seren, The Burgate School and Sixth Form
  • Theo, Nine Mile Ride Primary School
  • Tyler, Compass Community School Willow Park
  • Wilfred, Newcastle Prep School
  • Zoey, Mosshead Primary School

You can see all of the wonderful drawings by the winners and runners-up in the galleries below, chosen for their imagination, great effort, and creative uses of numbers. Congratulations to everyone!

Winners gallery

Chloe's drawing
Isaac's drawing
Deborah's drawing
Rishi's drawing
James's drawing
Vanesa's drawing

Runners-up gallery


Archie's drawing
Emily's drawing
Luca's drawing

Primary A

Amelia's drawing
Oscar's drawing
Theo's drawing

Primary B

Jai-Han's drawing
Freya's drawing
Zoey's drawing

Primary C

Leah's drawing
Scarlett's drawing
Wilfred's drawing


Florry's drawing
Madeeha's drawing
Seren's drawing


Jesse's drawing
Lillie's drawing
Tyler's drawing