Bright spark grabs byte of the action

A budding software developer from Merseyside has impressed his teachers and classmates with a string of digital innovations

Dan Parker, 15, from Aintree, recently joined The Studio school in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, to enhance his understanding of software design, coding and website development.

Parker initially stood out to his teachers after designing a computer game, but before long, teachers offered to support him with other large-scale projects.    

The Studio school opened in September 2013 and combines traditional subjects and qualifications with Project Based Learning (PBL) to prepare young people for their entrance into the workplace. 

Shaun McInerney, Principal of The Studio Liverpool, said: “Dan has amazed the entire faculty with his understanding of web design and coding. His commitment to his studies in and out of the classroom are a testament to our school.

“Last month we introduced Dan to a group of local elderly residents who were amazed with his computer generated images (CGI) that illustrated the transformation of our city.” 

Dan Parker said: “The Studio has really encouraged my interest in digital design and coding, it’s something my old school weren’t able to offer.

“After I graduate I’d like to go to university and train to become a software engineer, a web designer or some kind of developer, but to be honest, I haven’t decided yet.”

Dan will be submitting his own version of The Studio’s registration system for his A-Level project in 2017 – a programme that allows teachers to monitor attendance and absence.