Computing Achievement for Brimsham students

TCS Oxford Computing Challenge 2018 

In November, at Brimsham Green School, our Year 10 and Year 11 GCSE Computer Science pupils were encouraged to enter the annual Bebras Challenge. Bebras is an international initiative aiming to promote Informatics (Computer Science, or Computing) and computational thinking among school students at all ages in over 30 countries.

The UK Bebras Challenge is organised by the University of Oxford and sponsored by Google. The top 10% of students in November’s Bebras Challenge were invited to take part in the TCS Oxford Computing Challenge, a new Coding Challenge following a pilot that was run last year.

The Bebras Hall of Fame is dominated by private and grammar schools so it was really encouraging that five of our pupils scored highly enough in the Bebras challenge to be invited to take part in the TCS Challenge which took place in March. The five pupils also scored highly enough to be automatically invited to the 2019 and 2020 TCS Challenges.

One of these five pupils, Harvey Rice in Year 11, was awarded a Merit after scoring in the top 50% of the TCS Challenge (or the equivalent top 5% of the original Bebras Challenge). This is a fantastic achievement for a first-time entrant from a state sponsored school and could be a stepping stone to a very successful career in the IT industry!

Leroy Bogle                                                                                                                    Head of ICT and DLC Brimsham Green School