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Thursday, 19 December 2013

PRESS RELEASE - Coding Immersion Day

On Tuesday 17th December, students from the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy took part in a Coding Immersion Day at the Portland Academy’s Osprey Quay Campus. The event was offered to students to refine their programming skills to support their work towards their Computing GCSE. Director of Digital Learning and Innovation at the Academy, Mr. Gary Spracklen, explains how, ‘Computer Science is fast becoming an essential skill for anyone wishing to get ahead in business, media or the creative arts. We are delighted that as an Academy we are developing an all-through approach to Computer Science that ensures that all pupils get the maximum exposure to learn new skills and concepts’.

Speaking about the experience, Year 9 pupil Kyle Creasy said, ‘I found it quite hard at first and needed help when I got stuck. As the day progressed though, I developed in confidence and found out that I can code much better than I ever thought. I am really looking forward to developing my skills as my course continues’.

The Coding Immersion Day was supported by Mr. Jordan Day who is completing his sandwich year at IPACA before returning to Brunel University for the final year of his Computer Science degree. Speaking about the students involved in the day, Mr. Day said, ‘all involved today worked really well to develop and test their ideas. Their determination to succeed was excellent and many of them showed real potential’. He added, ‘it is great to see IPACA leading the way in this field and very exciting to be part of such a forward-thinking establishment’.

Finally, Mr. Spracklen notes, ‘Many of the students who were involved today will be traveling to London in January to represent IPACA at the BETT show (the world’s largest educational technology show)’. He adds, ‘We are passionate about the difference technology is making here at IPACA and the positive impact it is having on learning. We are delighted that we are the most improved local school and look forward to continuing this development in 2014’.

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