A1 student Nathan celebrates 3rd place in the national Oxford Computing Competition

Congratulations to our A1 student, Nathan Grange who was awarded with 3rd place at the National Oxford University Computing Competition. Nathan, who previously attended Kettlethorpe High School, is currently studying 5 A Levels in Computer Science, Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics at Greenhead College.

Nathan took part in the first round of the competition alongside his other classmates, who were encouraged to enter by our Computer science department. In round 1 (The Bebras Challenge) only the top 10% nationally qualified for round 2 and amongst a few others, Nathan made it through to the next round. Congratulations to all our other students involved in the challenge.

The 2nd round consisted of 12 Programming tasks to be completed within 1 hour, there was seemingly lots to do in a short space of time. The top 20 students to complete these tasks then went on to compete in the 3rd round, the national finals.

Nathan flew through to the national finals which again, consisted of 12 tasks of programming to be completed within an hour. Nathan explained that

“The hardest part was the timing, as you only had 1 hour to complete 12 tasks. The tasks definitely got harder with each round”

Nathan came an impressive 3rd place out of the 20 remaining contestants, Nathan said that he is really pleased to have come 3rd place, as are we! Nathan would like to study either Computer Science or Maths at university. Once again, a huge congratulations to Nathan, we are so proud of you!