13.12.18 - Ockbrook School Triumph at University of Oxford Computing Challenge

Of the 200,000 participants in the UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge, we’re incredibly proud to have five students place in the top 10 per cent for their age group.

Organised by the University of Oxford, the national competition introduces computational thinking to students. Jonny Bailey, 15, Zoran Morrissey-Ralevic, 13, Sam Byatt-Jones, 13, Maeve Sutton-Johal, 12, and Naomi Hutchison-McKay, 13, will participate next in the TCS Oxford Computing Challenge, an invitation challenge aiming to help talented computational thinkers develop their skills by solving tasks with programmed solutions.

Jonny was hoping to improve on his triumph of last year when he made it into the UK Bebras Hall of Fame. He says: “Last year I was delighted to be one of the 60 top performing students that got to go to the UK Bebras final held at Oxford University, which is how I earned a place in the hall of fame. Unfortunately, one question caught me out this year so I didn’t score high enough to make it through, however, I’m looking forward to the TCS Oxford Computing Challenge in March.”

Jo Wakefield is Ockbrook School IT/Computing teacher: “Huge congratulations to Jonny, Zoran, Sam, Maeve and Naomi; placing in the top 10 per cent for your age group is quite the accolade!

“More than 19 of our students gave up their lunch time to participate in the challenge. Not only does it help develop their love for computing, it also earns them points towards their iDEA bronze award (The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award), a programme that helps the development of digital, enterprise and employability skills. All in all – it was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who took part.”

Headmaster, Tom Brooksby adds: “I’m immensely proud of all 19 students who participated in UK Bebras, and to have five of our own place in the top 10 per cent is a fantastic achievement. Congratulations to Jonny, Zoran, Sam, Maeve, and Naomi; it looks like we could have some future Computer Scientists at Ockbrook School.”

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