Record number of Perse students reach national coding olympiad finals
3 Mar 2021
A record-breaking three Perse students have qualified for the final of the British Informatics Olympiad (BIO).
Lower Sixth students Toby Collins, Luke Moran and Aidan Wong are among just 15 participants across the country to have reached the online final of the illustrious coding competition next month.
It is also the first time more than one Perse student has made it through to the final in a single year.
To reach the final, they had to sit a three-hour online exam featuring three questions, starting off with an exercise testing a specific element of coding, such as precision of data types. This was followed by a simulation task, e.g. to model a board game, before rounding off with a challenge based on a tough algorithmic concept, such as dynamic programming.
The top four students in the BIO final will have the chance to represent Great Britain at the International Olympiad in Informatics, which is due to be held in Singapore in June.
Paul Baker, Perse Head of Computing & Digital Strategy, said: “It is an incredible achievement to secure three places in the highly-competitive Olympiad national finals and Toby, Luke and Aidan should be so proud of themselves. This is our best outcome to date at The Perse, securing some 20% of all the national places.”
Perse Head of Computer Science Dave Gwilt added: “Toby, Luke and Aidan have shown great determination and put many hours into their practice, both individually and together. Their efforts have been justly rewarded.”