Ada Lovelace CofE High School prides itself on offering students a curriculum with a specialism in Digital Technology.

As such, the school is thrilled to announce its brand new collaboration with IBM. We will be working with IBM to offer students the innovative Pathways in Technology programme, or P-TECH. The P-TECH model provides students with a career path in today’s increasingly digitised economy. Designed to increase accessibility and inclusion to learning digital and professional competencies, our aim is that our students will be able to build skills required to succeed in the future.

Dame Alice Hudson, Executive Head Teacher, said about the Twyford CofE Academies Trust involvement with P-TECH: ‘We are delighted to be working with IBM on programmes to prepare students to be super-employable in an increasingly digital workplace. We share IBM’s vision of challenging young people to be agile and creative in applying skills to the job roles and challenges of the future’.

The collaboration was launched at the school’s inaugural Founder’s Day event on Tuesday 12 October 2021 which was Ada Lovelace Day. Students enjoyed a day of keynote speeches by IBM and the globally recognised artists behind our new ‘Understand Well As I May’ sculpture (name derived from Ada Lovelace). Students took part in agile workshops competing in teams to make and fly as many paper airplanes as they could. They participated in Q&A sessions with IBM employees and they worked in pairs to undertake a Hackathon. A journalist from the BBC, representatives from KPMG and an entrepreneur were just some of the people who also joined us to run workshops.

Here are some highlights from the day.