Barton Student Programs His Way to Victory

Patrick Winter

Patrick Winter

Second Success

First year Barton Peveril student Patrick Winter has won the final round of the TCS Oxford Computing Challenge. Patrick previously finished in the top 10% of the UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge, which earned him his place in this competition; Patrick did so well in the UK Bebras that he was invited to compete at the University of Oxford in January, where he came third.

The TCS Oxford Computing Challenge tasked students with solving computational thinking problems using programmed solutions they had produced. Of those who finished in the top 10%, only 20 students in each of four age groups advanced into the final round to test their skills further. The former Thornden School pupil won in his age group and will be awarded his prize, a pi-top, at the Big Innovation Forum in London on 2nd May.

Proud Pupil

Patrick said:

“Winning this competition is a very proud moment for me and came as a nice surprise; I am looking forward to attending the event next week. The process has been very enjoyable and I hope to take my studies in this discipline further.”

Speaking on his pupil’s success, Computer Science Teacher Tristan White said:

“Patrick is an outstanding student, who has flourished at Barton Peveril. His ability to solve logical and mathematical problems is the best we have ever seen. Patrick chose the problems he tackled wisely, as there was deliberately not enough time to answer them all. He deservedly ended up with the top marks, out the elite few invited to take part in the final round. Well done Patrick!”

We cannot wait to see what the future has in store for this gifted student.