A number of girls studying computing at The Queen’s School, Chester entered the Grok Learning Computer Science Challenge competition in the autumn. For a number of weeks they undertook 32 increasingly complex tasks to test their skills and knowledge of the Python coding programme as well as their problem-solving abilities.
After leading the way for much of the competition against groups of pupils from as far afield as Australia and Hong Kong, five girls eventually all finished joint first. They were year 10 pupils Tabitha Madhavan from Mold, Rachael Turner from Wirral, Sophie Astbury from Chester, Libby Dawson from Chester and Olivia Durnall from Tattenhall.
The Queen’s School’s head of computing Damian McKeown said: “Computing is a popular subject at Queen’s, with many girls interested in pursuing a career in software engineering or computer science.
“These sorts of competitions are a fantastic way for us to gauge our pupils’ ability from an international perspective – which is ultimately who they will be competing with for those top university placements and jobs. I am obviously therefore very pleased with this result!”
Year 10 and year 12 computing students also recently took part in an Oxford University-endorsed ‘computational thinking’ challenge. The girls had to solve a number of complex logic puzzles against the clock. Tamara Fox was awarded Best in School with a number of pupils receiving distinctions.