The Perse School

The Perse launches innovative competition to find UK’s top school programming team

17 Jan 2018

UK schools are being invited to participate in the inaugural Perse Coding Team Challenge in a bid to win the Braben Cup.

Aimed at pupils from Years 7 to 10, schools can enter teams of four pupils to take part in the brand new competition, which is being sponsored by Dr David Braben OBE, co-founder of Raspberry Pi and founder of video game production company Frontier Developments.

Registration is free and alongside winning the Braben Cup, the winning team will receive £300 to split, with £200 for the runners-up and £100 for the third-placed team.

Teams can include a maximum of two Year 10 pupils and they can sit the one-hour competition at their own schools any time between 19 February and 2 March.

The competition website – – only recently went live and already just under 50 schools have signed up to the Challenge. We are delighted to see a mixture of independent and state schools alike getting involved.

Dr Braben said he was thrilled to support the Perse Coding Team Challenge.

He said: “I think anything that motivates young people to get excited about programming and the things they can do with it is fantastic and this competition does just that – it also encourages teamwork. It would be great to see plenty of girls getting involved as well.

“The terrific thing is the competition is open to all UK schools and it shows The Perse is taking responsibility for encouraging youngsters to engage in something that could be really important for the future.”

For full details, rules, practice questions and to register, visit the competition website at

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