On Monday this week after school 47 Year 9, 10 and 11 Computer Science pupils took part in a national competition called the Braben Cup. This is the second year the competition has run and is organised by the Perse School in Cambridge, which is being sponsored by Dr David Braben OBE, co-founder of Raspberry Pi and founder of video game production company Frontier Developments.

The PGS teams were looking to build on their success last year with our highest placed team finishing 5th last year. The rules have changed for this year meaning that the competition required pupils to pass Round 1 Qualification before being able to take part in the final Round 2 on Monday night. The number of our pupils who qualified for Round 2 was very impressive and the way that they handled the Round 2 challenges should mean that some of our teams will do very well again this year.

Pupils enter a team of up to three pupils who work together on a series of programming challenges in a timed and control examination environment. Their submissions in the competition are put against those from around the country to determine the winning team. The winning team will receive £300 to split, with £200 for the runners-up and £100 for the third-placed team.

Mr Lee (Teacher of Computer Science) commented by saying “Teamwork was at the fore and there was a great atmosphere in the room, with plenty of high-fives to celebrate successes on the harder problems. The standard of coding in the school is now quite impressive and I look forward to seeing many of the pupils take part in future competitions.”

If you would like to know more about the competition you can visit the website at: https://persecoding.net/