Top scoring Academy ICT pupil
receives prestigious prize

Picture: Michael CooperL to R: Glenn Parkinson, Capita / Denise Murphy, C2k  / John Ashfield / Andrew Hanlon, Banbridge Academy, Head of ICT / Raymond Pollock, Banbridge Academy, Principal (who retired at the end of December)
Picture: Michael CooperL to R: Glenn Parkinson, Capita / Denise Murphy, C2k / John Ashfield / Andrew Hanlon, Banbridge Academy, Head of ICT / Raymond Pollock, Banbridge Academy, Principal (who retired at the end of December)

A Banbridge Academy pupil has been awarded a prestigious IT prize.

John Christopher Ashfield received the Mary Kane prize by Capita Managed IT Solutions in partnership with C2k.

John has jointly been awarded the highest mark in Northern Ireland in his ICT A-level with Sean McGirr, from St. Patrick’s Academy in Dungannon.

They will share the £1,000 cash prize, as well as £500 of the latest computer equipment supplied by Capita. Each school will also share a £1,000 investment in its ICT teaching equipment, supporting best practice teaching and ensuring that hundreds of pupils will benefit from the award.

The Mary Kane prize was established in 2012 in memory of Mary Kane, a C2k senior manager who was passionate about ICT and its transformational impact on teaching and learning.

It recognises the achievements of Northern Irish pupils studying ICT, and is awarded each year to students who receive the highest marks in their ICT GCSEs and A-Levels.

Raymond Pollock OBE, former principal of Banbridge Academy said: “Well done to John on his incredible achievement.

“This award is a testament to the hard work that our pupils and teaching staff have put in over the last year.

“This investment from Capita will help to ensure that we can keep delivering such excellent results in the future.”

Speaking at the presentation, Glenn Parkinson, Client Delivery Manager, Education from Capita Managed IT Solutions commented: “We are delighted to recognise John’s achievement.

“Mary was a huge advocate of technology and the transformative impact it can have on education – and she would be so proud to see the difference her legacy will make.”

Denise Murphy, from C2k, said “This is the third year that we have awarded the Mary Kane prize – and it’s great that our longstanding relationship with Capita gives us the opportunity to honour Mary’s memory in this way.

“As well as the pupils, the award gives us the chance to appreciate the schools, whose best practice ICT teaching should serve as an example to others across the UK.”