Computing whizz-kids among best in country

Matthew, Helen and Bill
Matthew, Helen and Bill

TWO brainbox Wigan students have been told that their computing A-level marks numbered among the top 20 results in the entire country.

Computing saw the biggest jump in entrants for A-levels this year, rising by almost 30 per cent on 2014, according to figures released by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

Almost 5,400 students took the exam, so making the Winstanley College pair’s achievement even more of a feat.

Matthew Turton-Parry from Shevington and Bill Lynch from Eccles in Manchester were classmates throughout their time at the college and were taught by tutor Helen Pollard.

A delighted ms Pollard said: “Bill and Matthew were a pleasure to teach throughout their time here. I knew they were talented and for them both to achieve within the top 20 marks in the country makes me immensely proud.”

WJEC, the examining body for the computing A-level, contacted Winstanley College to inform them of the two 18-year-olds’ success.

Their details were also passed to IT company Netcraft, who have awarded them with a top-of-the-range laptop bag which they were invited to collect at Netcraft headquarters in Bath.

Bill said: “I’ve always enjoyed computing as a subject and have known for a long time it is what I want to do career-wise.

“Finding out that we did so well in the exams gives me confidence for the future.”

Matthew added: “I was really surprised but happy when I found out, Helen was a great teacher and I will miss college, but am looking forward to getting started at university.”

Both will now go on to study IT-related degrees - Bill at York University and Matthew at Manchester University.