Clapton Girls Academy wins schools coding challenge

The competition organised by Hackney Learning Trust and Twilio challenged students to apply their computing skills to a range of challenges

Clapton Girls Academy has won the Hackney Learning Trusts’ schools coding challenge 2019.

Hackney Learning Trust and Twilio – a cloud communications platform – hosted a half-term coding competition for secondary schools.

Students were challenged to apply coding skills to a range of different tasks.

The team from Clapton Girls Academy, The Hex, designed an interactive website designed to give young people personalised advice to help with their mental health.

The number of students in the sitting GCSEs in computing and ICT fell last year by more than 40,000. The workshops and competition form part of a community-driven initiative, spearheaded by the Hackney Learning Trust, to promote ‘digital creators’ in the borough.

This workshop will give young people a great opportunity to work with industry experts to master app development and get a glimpse into a future career in software engineering.
– Bertie Savan, Hackney Learning Trust

Bertie Savan, head of IT at the Hackney Learning Trust, said: “This workshop will give young people a great opportunity to work with industry experts to master app development and get a glimpse into a future career in software engineering.

“Not only will it help inspire a future generation of ‘digital creators’, but also support teachers in bringing the computing curriculum to life. We’re excited to see the impact this kind of support will have on the wider education community.”


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David Parry-Jones, vice-president of EMEA at Twilio, said: “Twilio has the long-term goal of teaching one million people to code, as we believe creative coding skills are key to future innovation.

“It’s crucial that young people learn not just the basics, but also the huge potential for their application – from an intelligent, AI-powered chatbot to something as simple as sending automated messages to friends.”