Tenbury High Ormiston Academy has been lauded for its commitment to encouraging gender inclusion in computer science.

The Tenbury Wells-based academy, part of the Ormiston Academies Trust, was recognised by the National Centre for Computing Education’s (NCCE) I Belong programme for its GCSE computer science programme.

Currently, women make up a small 16 per cent of the UK’s technology workforce.

Hence, the academy's proactive stance is essential in inspiring students of all genders to discover programming, fostering confidence in pursuing careers in the sector.

Anthony Duggan, computer science teacher at Tenbury High, is the driving force behind this success.

His leadership has contributed to a fivefold increase in the number of students taking computer science in two years, with over 30 per cent being girls – a considerably positive advance in the subject.

Through their participation in the I Belong programme, the Tenbury Wells academy has undertaken leading training courses.

They have also developed teaching materials and curricula to ignite students' passion for computing.

To be recognised by the NCCE, they underwent a rigorous evaluation process that shed light on the positive impact of their computer science curriculum and their dedication to encouraging girls to engage with the subject.

Anthony Duggan said: "We are so proud that we have been recognised by the NCCE for our work in encouraging all our students to get involved with computing and consider careers in such an important sector.

"We have an incredible group of young people here at Tenbury High and it is so great to see them all, especially girls, pursue their passions for the subject and learn about all the exciting opportunities available for them."

Katherine Ellis, gender inclusion lead at the NCCE, said: "Congratulations to Tenbury High Ormiston Academy on this accomplishment!

"Schools play a crucial part in addressing the gender gap in computer science education and related careers.

"This school is among others leading the way in understanding the issue and creating change at a local level.

"This certificate recognises the efforts the school has gone to, to support and empower all students, especially girls, in choosing this path."