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Pupils Rise To The Oxford University Computing Challenge

26 Feb

Many congratulations to Jasper Nicholls (Year 9), Daniel Ovens Gibbs (Year 10) and Alex Flegg (Upper Sixth) who were the College’s top performing pupils in their age categories in this year’s Oxford University Computing Challenge (OUCC). 

Jasper attained so highly that he was awarded a Merit certificate, placing him in the top 10% of those who took part in the OUCC competition.

The OUCC is an invitational event for those who finished in the top 10% of the UK Bebras Challenge. Both challenges test skills such as logical thinking, pattern recognition and decomposition, as well as computer programming. The OUCC encourages pupils to develop their skills one stage further, consisting of three sections of problems for pupils to solve. It is renowned for being an exceedingly tough challenge and for the first time this year, the competition had a time limit.

15 Princethorpe pupils from Year 9 through to the Sixth Form had qualified for this year’s OUCC competition, a real achievement in its itself. All were awarded certificates.

Head of Computer Science, Ed Musson commented, “Computational thinking is an incredibly useful and powerful skill and all of these pupils have mastered it to a level well beyond their years. It was great to see their abilities being recognised in such a prestigious competition.”

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