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MGGS is delighted to have been awarded official Computing Hub status by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE), in order to provide support for primary and secondary computing teachers in schools, in Kent and the surrounding area.

After a rigorous selection process, MGGS has been selected to be part of a network of Computing Hubs across England and will be a focal point for local computing training for schools, and will also form links with industry and universities. MGGS is one of only 30 schools to have been selected. Of these 30 only 3 are girls’ schools. The NCCE was set up in November 2018 by the Department for Education to increase the number of pupils in schools and colleges who study computer science at GCSE, AS and A level (particularly girls and those in disadvantaged area) and to ensure that there is a strong pipeline of digital skills in England.The NCCE was very impressed with how MGGS has embedded delivering digital education throughout the school and how we have proactively built lasting partnerships with local, national and international digital technology firms.

Commenting on the news, Miss Deborah Stanley, Headteacher, said: “We are delighted to be among the first wave of Computing Hubs. It is recognition of the high-quality standards we set in computing education at MGGS and the results we achieve. MGGS has a proud history of encouraging our students to study Computing. All students at MGGS study a rigorous Computing course in Year 7, 8 and 9, which leads to over a third of our students electing to study GCSE Computing, with many progressing on to study at A-Level. We look forward to working as part of the NCCE network to help improve computing education in primary and secondary schools across Kent and the South East of England.”

Chair of the National Centre for Computing Education Professor Simon Peyton Jones said: “It’s exciting to be announcing the first Hubs. They will be the local face of the National Centre for Computing Education, providing tailored support to all computing teachers (primary, secondary and colleges), to equip them to make the new computing curriculum into an inspirational reality in every classroom in the land.

“Our partnership with teachers is vital to our mission. A single inspired, equipped, valued and supported teacher will influence tens or hundreds of children every day, and thousands over their career.”