All of our Year 7 students recently participated in the UK Bebras Computing Challenge which is a national computing event. This year marked the first time that our students participated in the competition and their achievements were fantastic.

The Bebras competition consists of challenging computational thinking problems that are aimed to engage and test students’ approach to computing. Our students not only embraced the challenges but demonstrated a keen understanding, their success reflects their dedication and hard work in Computing.

All Year 7 students will receive a participation certificate and apron 25% secured a Distinction and another 50% gained a Merit level award.

On top of that there were also 13 students that received a Gold Award. This means that these students performed in the top 10% nationally, and with over 117, 000 students taking part across the country, this was an incredible achievement. These students were Sophie Antcliffe (7D1), Leo Archer (7G2), Sabina Brokowska (7G1), Hannah Brown (7S2), Poppy Chahal-Morrison (7J2), Ella Chambers (7G1), Zachary DuGuay (7J2), Scarlett Essex (7J2), Joseph Mayou (7J2), Jack Stainforth (7S1), Ashley Sturridge-Packer (7D1), Zara Tomkins (7S1) and Elliott Trent (7S2).

Gemma Harris, Head of ICT, said: “As part of this programme, these Gold Ward students have been invited to take part in the Oxford University Computing Challenge (OUCC) that will take place in January. This is a huge achievement and we wish them luck as they prepare for their upcoming challenge.”