News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

Students Shine in Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

4th December, 2017 by Jude Owens

Following their success in the recent Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge a number of Computer Studies students at The Kings of Wessex Academy could have been worthy applicants for a post at Bletchley Park, the home of the secret World War II code-breakers.

The Bebras challenges are a set of short problems called Bebras tasks delivered online that students sat at the Academy. The tasks are designed to be fun, engaging and based on problems that Computer Scientists often meet and enjoy solving, which were of increasing difficulty, but can be solved without prior knowledge. The students’ mission was to solve as many tasks as possible under timed conditions.

Over 40,000 students took part across the country, of which 92 were Kings’ students who enjoyed some very impressive results. Over 30 students secured a Distinction award, placing them in the top 25% in the country for the competition and another 32 secured a Merit, placing them in the top 50% for their category.

A very well done to the following students who were the top in their year groups:

  • Year 9 – Seth Delap and Thomas Vallance (Distinction)
  • Year 10 – Amelia Ford (Distinction)
  • Year 11 – Joe Shoesmith (Distinction)
  • Year 12 – Victoria Whitehead (Distinction)
  • Year 13 – Adam Barron (Merit)

These highly focused and intelligent students especially enjoyed participating in the challenge as it really tested their problem-solving skills and made them think about logic-based questions, rather than purely testing their academic abilities.

Special congratulations to Amelia Ford, the student with the highest mark in the whole Academy.

The students were presented with their certificate and prize of a chocolate box by Executive Headteacher Mr Ball who praised them for their exceptional performance.

There is more good news. Based on their scores for the Bebras Computing Challenge, placing them in the top 10% for their categories; the following students have now qualified to compete in the TCS Oxford Computing Challenge in March:

  • Harry Beech
  • Joe Davenport
  • Seth Delap
  • Amelia Ford
  • Ewan Foster
  • Tilly Hallett
  • Thomas Holland
  • Ben Lewis
  • Tyler Lowes
  • Lewis Marsh
  • Sarah Moreman
  • Ryan Priestly
  • Joe Shoesmith
  • Thomas Vallance
  • Victoria Whitehead

Good luck to these students as they rise to the challenge of this further testing competition.