News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

Seth is top of the school for problem-solving

18th May, 2018 by Jude Owens

Year 9 student Seth Delap at The Kings of Wessex Academy recently showcased his first-rate problem-solving skills in the TCS Oxford University Computing Challenge.

The TCS Oxford Computing Challenge is the creation of TCS and Oxford University and is open to talented, bright computational thinkers internationally who wish to develop their skills by inviting them to solve tasks with programmed solutions.

Having already achieved a top 10% score in the UK Bebras Challenge earlier this year; Seth was one of 15 students who took part in the semi-finals of this high level challenge. It was an hour long competition in which the students had to complete as many computational thinking and problem-solving challenges as possible. 100,000s of students took part across the four age categories, from countries all around the world.

Seth did especially well as he was the only student at Kings to qualify for the final in which he scored 42; with the top mark being 72, which placed him in the top 20 for his category and the top result for Somerset.

All the students received results and certificates and Seth received a voucher.

Subject Leader for ICT and Computer Science Mrs Nethercote said:

“I am delighted with Seth’s performance in this high level computational thinking challenge. Seth showed himself to be very dedicated and focused and I know his skills will serve him well across all his subjects - and for life! Well done Seth.”