Record-breaking entries for 2023 Perse Coding Team Challenge

PCTC champions (from L-R) Adaya Goyal, Jason Huang and Anango Prabhat from St Paul’s School

A record number of budding computer scientists from across the country aimed to crack this year’s Perse Coding Team Challenge (PCTC).

Hanli Jin (left) and Neelkantha Mukherjee

Competing in teams, more than 7,500 pupils from Years 7-11 entered round one of PCTC – a 50% increase in the number of entries from last year’s edition – with almost 650 teams qualifying for the second round.

St Paul’s School pupils Adaya Goyal, Jason Huang and Anango Prabhat became PCTC champions and clinched the Braben Cup, sponsored by Raspberry Pi and Frontier Developments founder Dr David Braben OBE, with 116 points.

A Haberdashers’ Boys’ School team were runners-up on 104, while Perse pupils Neelkantha Mukherjee and Hanli Jin (both Year 11) were third with 100.

Perse Head of Computing & Digital Strategy Paul Baker commented: “Students across the country and beyond once again demonstrated some superb problem-solving skills to achieve highly against the clock in solving a range of problems within their teams.

“Year-on-year, we see growing participation and confidence which is a tribute to the national drive and investment to develop computer science education over the last decade.”

PCTC Website

Next year’s Perse Coding Team Challenge opens in January 2024.

In the meantime, click below to visit our dedicated website to discover more about how your school can take part the competition.


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