Balshaw’s Church of England High School

Balshaw’s 'Business and Computing' News

20 December 2018




The results of the Bebras Challenge are now back in school.  Well done to all Year 9 students who took part in the competition, 11 students have finished in the top 10% nationally, so have been invited to compete in the next stage of the competition in March!  Certificates (with grades achieved) will be distributed by your computing teacher.

Miss Lockhart, 14th December 2018



Well done to the 11 students in Year 9, who have been invited to compete in the next stage of the Oxford Computing Challenge in March, after finishing in the top 10% nationally of the Bebras computational thinking challenge in November.


Also in December

Five Year 10 GCSE Business pupils correctly predicted Sian would win The Apprentice back in October. Well done to Harrison, Harry,  Fin, Sam and Oscar!

We celebrated by watching 'Inside the Factory' and learning about the making of Quality Street.

Also in November

Well done to GCSE Business team: Wheat Vehicle Domination - 54th in a league of over 5,000 teams!

Have a look at how the rest of the school's teams are doing here.


November 2018


Balshaw's year 9 pupils have this week been completing the UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge.  This is a computational thinking competition, run in association with the University of Oxford.  The aim of this competition to to identify aptitude for computational thinking as well as encouraging the students problem solving skills and interest in Computer Science at KS4.


The questions are in the form of engaging puzzles that start off relatively easy so every student can have a go and should get something out of the competition.


Last year four Balshaw's students progressed to the second stage of the competition, hopefully we may have some current Year 9 students reach the Hall of Fame in 2018!

Miss D Lockhart



Balshaw’s students build a 3D Printer!

Back in January 2016, four Year 11 students started to build a 3D Printer. Team members who joined Mr Mort most Friday’s after school were Harry Clipston, Josh Seed, Aaron Corkish and Tom Sandford. Each week the group followed the step-by-step instructions from how to build the printer frame, the spool mounts, motors, wiring, power supply and print head and then setting up the belts and pulleys, mounting the filament tube and build platform. Students developed a great understanding of how a 3D printer actually works and learned essential life skills such as working in a team and overcoming problems.

The animated photograph shows the progress made over numerous hours!

The flat pack kit was purchased by Mr Mort (Head of ICT & Computing) and allowed GCSE Computer Science students to work as a project team and build the 3D printer from scratch. In May 2017, after a few hiccups with the build, the first print run was ready to go. The final photo in the sequence shows an example of what a 3D printer can create. The group thoroughly enjoyed working on the project and were pleased with the end results.

Mr Mort intends to continue the project working with the current Year 10 Computer Science students.

Thank you to Mr Mort for this interesting article. We look forward to hearing about future 3D printer work with the current Year 10 students.

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