Stroud and King Edward VI schools achieve Gold in Computing Challenge

Pupils from across Stroud Preparatory School and its senior school King Edward VI, Southampton, have achieved an array of awards in an international computing challenge.

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23rd December 2020 — Bebras is an international computational thinking challenge organised and supported in the UK by Oxford University. Students undertook a series of computational challenges online during their computing lessons. Students across both schools were entered from the age of 8 (Year 4) upwards.

King Edward VI School achieved 80 Gold awards across the range of students entered, with these pupils achieving results in the top 10% nationally.

Stroud was delighted to achieve two gold awards, putting these students also in the top 10% for age group across the country. Approximately 30% of all students at Stroud who participated received the highest award of distinction.

Both schools are looking forward to participating in the next round of challenges in February with their Gold award winners. These would normally be held at Oxford University but will be undertaken online this year.

The challenges are made up of a set of short problems called Bebras tasks and are delivered online. The tasks are fun, engaging and based on problems that Computer Scientists often meet and enjoy solving.

Mrs Price, Assistant Head - Operations, and Head of Digital learning at Stroud School, says: “This is a really great challenge for students at King Edward VI and at Stroud. We encourage all of our pupils to undertake computing challenges. This challenge is a great way for some students to showcase their talents and stretch their computing skills. With nearly 400 students entered across both schools we are delighted that their efforts have been recognised.”

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