Trinity School have been championing competitive programming, with some phenomenal results.

In the Perse Coding Team Challenge Round 1, a chance for students to work in teams to demonstrate programming skills that solve a range of problems, we had 134 students participate. Our talented programmers achieved 20 Higher Participation awards, 13 Merit Awards and 7 Distinction Awards. Congratulations to Third Year students Caleb, Asher, Ishaq, Joel, Adam, William and Fourth Year students Andrew, Leo, Finlay, and Sonny. From Fifth Year, Ronak, Arya, Sumant, and Ethan achieved Distinction and made it through to Round 2 of the competition.

“Well done to Caleb and Asher who achieved the best results in the school with full marks in the challenge!” says Mr El Moudden.

Meanwhile, in the Oxford University Computing Challenge (OUCC) – a competition for students who achieved a top 10% score in the UK Bebras challenge to develop their skills further and produce programmed solutions to computational thinking problems – we had 97 students across all year groups participate in Round 1, with 37 students achieving a Merit award and three students achieving Distinction. Well done to Sixth Form student George, Finlay in Fourth Year, and Jamie in First Year for their Distinctions. Particular congratulations to George who made it through to the competition finals, scoring full marks in the competition!

Last but not least, we had eight students compete in the British Informatics Olympiad – an annual competition in computer programming which involves a three-hour exam, taken at school in which students solve problems with the aid of a computer. Congratulations again to George who made it through to the national finals which takes place at Trinity College, Cambridge. He will compete against the top 15 programmers in the country for a chance to represent Great Britain at the International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI) which will be held in Indonesia.

Mr El Moudden concludes: “The experience gained from these competitions offers our students an exciting opportunity to bring their learning to life. In a world becoming increasingly dependent on technology, introducing competitions into the curriculum brings out the best from our learners.”

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