Ashmead School wins national coding award

Pupils created thousands of apps and games to take computing prize

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

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

Pupils at Ashmead designed over 7,000 apps last year, placing them in the top three schools for Discovery Education Coding across the UK.

The talented students used their ICT skills to create a range of imaginative computer games using different programming languages, and featuring characters including dinosaurs, princesses, and even 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.

The event was hosted by Discovery Education and pupils got hands-on with classroom technology to create exciting new computer games.

Lesley Bounds, a teacher at the school, 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.”

Discovery Education provides learning resources that cover block coding, HTML, and Python coding. 

Primary schools can request a free trial of Discovery Education Coding here.