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Ashmead school wins National Coding award

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Pupils at Ashmead Primary School in Aylesbury are celebrating after receiving a national computing award.

The Buckinghamshire school has been recognised as a UK Coding Champion by Discovery Education, which provides digital and coding resources to primary schools.

Pupils at Ashmead designed over 7000 apps last year, placing them in the top three schools for Discovery Education Coding across the UK. The school’s talented young learners used their ICT skills to create a whole range of imaginative computer games, using different programming languages, and featuring characters including dinosaurs, princesses and even HM The Queen!

The school was presented with a gold award in recognition of their achievement. As part of their prize, pupils were invited to take part in a special coding day with classmates. The event, hosted by Discovery Education at the school, saw pupils get hands on with classroom technology to create exciting new computer games.  The school also received a goody-bag of computing prizes, including a pocket-sized Micro Bit computer.

Teacher Lesley Bounds said:

“Coding is such an important skill for the future, and we’re proud of the ICT skills our pupils have shown. The Discovery Education prize day was a real treat for the children. They had lots of fun creating their own apps and computer games.”

Christopher Matthews, Vice President at Discovery Education said:

“Computer programming is a skill that children can easily master and enjoy, while building vital skills for the world of work. We were very impressed with the games and apps created by pupils at Ashmead, and they should be very proud of their achievement as a top coding school.”