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Computer Science pupils “Best in School” at National Competition

Computer Science pupils “Best in School” at National Competition

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Taunton School Computer Science pupils have achieved above the national average at the UK Bebras Challenge for Computational Thinking, with eight being placed in the top 10% nationally.

Students from Years 9 to 13 took part in the national competition which is hosted in over forty countries around the world and has been designed to get students excited about computer science.

Participants from Taunton School tackled a series of challenging yet fun computer science problems, demonstrating their logic and reasoning skills along the way.

Special congratulations go to David Kacs (Year 12), Kit Lloyd (Year 10) and Charlie Shave (Year 9) who received the highest scores in their age category, earning them the title ‘Best in School’.

Eight students were in the top 10% nationally and have been invited to enter a follow-on competition, run by Oxford University, in March 2018. These students are Jack Court, Matilda Clarke, Maia Donovan-Smith, Kate McVicar, Rory O’Carroll, Guido Wieser, Charlie Shave and Kit Lloyd.

Kirsty Rogers, teacher of Computer Science and ICT at Taunton School said “We are delighted that our students performed fantastically well, achieving over the national average with their results. Out of 99 students who entered the competition, 28 received merits and a further 27 received distinctions.”

Students with Distinctions, left to right:
Back: Floriana Christie, Kate McVicar, Verity Winsor, Dan Edwards, Canes Arslan, Charlie Foster, David Kacs
Front: Rebekah Kane, Mia Tyler, Guido Wieser, Jesper Harrington, Jack Court, Woody Knight, Matilda Clarke, Fedor Ivanov, Virgil Lelong, Edward Smith and Eloise Taylor