125 of our A Level Computer Science students recently participated in the Elite Bebras UK Challenge, competing against 14,570 students nationally.
The challenge is designed with a focus on computational and logical thinking, and all students who score in the top 10% nationally then qualify to participate in the Oxford University Computing Challenge (OUCC) and receive a gold award.
We are delighted that 16 of our students placed within the top 10% and were invited to take part in the OUCC in January 2024. Competing against 1457 students nationally, our students achieved some outstanding scores!
Some notable achievements include:
Thomas Cooper, who was graded a Merit in the OUCC and was the highest scoring Greenhead College student overall. Thomas scored in the top 10% of the OUCC and in the top 1% of original Bebras cohort.
Jessica Burton, who was the highest scoring A1 student from Greehead College and placed in the top 15% of the OUCC and in the top 2% of the original Bebras cohort).
Congratulations to all 16 students who qualified for the OUCC. To achieve qualification is an outstanding achievement as this competition is designed to specifically put the best problem solvers and programmers to the test!
Names as follows: Thomas Cooper, Jessica Burton, Luke Barraclough, Aaron Crosbie, Ayush Gautam, Jeremy Stocks, James Garfield, Kacper Struziak, Mayon Gupta, Toby Stringer, Ethan Bajulaiye, Nikash Shinde, Logan Bullett, Adlan Albakov, Sai Pallavajjala and Chloe Tancinco.
Well done to all 125 students who participated in the competition.
We are thrilled to reveal that 27 students have secured offers to study at the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
This is an exceptional achievement following a rigorous application process, involving admissions tests and multiple interviews, competing for coveted places against a worldwide field of applicants.
Offers have been made in a range of disciplines including Computer Science, Law, English, Chemistry Biological Natural Sciences, Economics, History, Modern Languages, Mathematics, Archaeology, Experimental Psychology, Physics and more.
Bella Craig, who came to Greenhead College from Salendine Nook High School, secured her offer to study French and Spanish at Oxford University said:
“For future applicants, I’d say to believe in yourself, believe that anything is possible and be open and honest on your personal statement.”
Laura Verdina, who came to Greenhead College from Dixon’s City Academy, secured her offer for Cambridge University to study Biological Natural Sciences said:
“The support at College is really great, I had a mock interview for my subject before my actual interview and that really helped me be prepared and understand what it might feel like to go through an academic interview.”
Greenhead College remains to be the leading state educational institution in the North of England for Oxbridge success. Aspiring students benefit from a dedicated Oxbridge Support Enrichment Programme, comprising of masterclasses, mock interview workshops, dedicated Oxbridge admissions tutors, residential visits, and practice admissions tests.
Richard Pember, Oxbridge Coordinator at Greenhead College commented:
“I’d like to offer my congratulations on behalf of the Oxbridge Team at Greenhead. We have an incredibly talented team who support the students in small group sessions to help them through the application process. We’re immensely proud of the 27 students who received offers; it’s an amazing achievement. Competition becomes more acute year on year, and for Greenhead to remain the most successful school or college outside the South East is a reflection on our wonderful students and staff.”
Last week, students from our Music, Film Studies and Business courses had the pleasure of listening to leading industry figure, Chris Tams deliver a talk about his career as Director of Membership and International at the British Phonographic Institute (BPI).
Organised through ‘Speakers for Schools’, Chris’s talk covered various topics including more information about the work of the British Phonographic Institute, which is the Trade Association for Record Labels in the UK accounting for 85% of all sold music in the UK, its work organising the BRIT Awards, how they manage their clients, how they track music growth and trends and more.
It was a really insightful talk and incredibly worthwhile for our students with a keen interest in the music and tech industry and how it runs behind the scenes.
Thank you to Chris Tams for taking the time to come into College and to Speakers for Schools for helping organise the event.
A bespoke app, created for the RSPCA by A2 student Nick Marshall, has been commended by the charity and will be launched to the public later this spring.
Nick, who is hoping to go into a career in Software Engineering, developed the majority of the ideas for the app during the College’s Step Into Your Future week in June 2023, alongside his peers, but has since taken the development of the app further, working closely with the RSPCA representatives to get a full understanding of what features they required. After months of hard work (alongside his studies), Nick reached the final goal, a point where the local RSPCA have now taken delivery of the app and are now in the stages of rebranding it for an official release.
When asked about the features the app has, Nick said “The app has been designed to allow for better and easier communication between the local RSPCA and its supporters and volunteers. It features an updates tab, where users can be notified of things happening within the local RSPCA, an events tap where users can view upcoming events and all the event information, a maps tab to allow users to see nearby RSPCA branches, and an animals tab where the RSPCA can post photos of animals that either need a home or are being rehomed.”
Fay Gibbons and Lauren Moore from the RSPCA have both showered the app with praise, stating “We’ve launched it in-house with our staff and volunteers who think it’s amazing and you’ve really opened up our eyes to this new communication tool that can seriously benefit our charity!”
A very worthwhile use of Computer Science skills and a great way of networking with a local business and the community, all while building up a portfolio. Excellent work Nick!
RSPCA App – Updates pushed out to subscribersRSPCA App – Donation link built into the site for maximum charityRSPCA App – News and updates can be pushed to interested followers and supportersRSPCA App – Animals for adoption can have their story toldRSPCA App – Events can be advertised with key details to followersRSPCA App – Maps to locate your nearest RSPCA charity store for donations
The first of 5 twilight academic sessions for the Higher Education Extension Scheme took place at Greenhead College last Tuesday 9th January.
As a hub for the scheme, we were delighted to host the event which welcomed students from Greenhead College as well as other schools/colleges in Kirklees and Calderdale.
The Higher Education Extension is a collaborative programme between Cambridge University and various Colleges across the UK with the aim of building subject specific knowledge on a topic that isn’t on the A Level syllabus, widening their knowledge, building confidence in their own abilities, raising aspirations and helping develop skills necessary for undergraduate study.
15 different subject talks were delivered by Greenhead College staff and Leeds University in a range of disciplines including Architecture, Biology/Medicine, Business & Leadership, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English, Geography & Environmental, History, Law, Maths, Modern Foreign Languages, Physics/Engineering, Politics and Psychology.
The next event will take place on Tuesday 6 February.