Teams of Year 7-11 students battle it out to win the pride of place inscription on our Braben competition cup. We want to make it as easy as possible for your school to take part : a supervising teacher (no expertise required) needs to register to invigilate on your school site…they can hold it any date/time in the competition fortnight for each of the two rounds.

2022 Dates

Round 1 competition window: Mon 24th Jan –  Fri 4th Feb 2022
(Round 1 will now run with two age categories Y7-9 & Y10-11)
Round 2 competition window: Mon 14th Mar –  Fri 25th Mar 2022 

Our Round 0 2021-22 optional practice challenge (with score certificate) is already available – information on how to access has been sent in our first mailing of the year. If you missed this then please email: pdbaker@perse.co.uk to request details. Participation in this is not required for R1 entry but provides a named score certificate out of 30 and is good (gentler) warm-up for pairs or solo sitting.


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Students submit short code  solutions to a range of challenges which increase in difficulty across the two rounds and during a timed contest:

Round 1: 40 minutes, sat in pairs sharing 1 computer (medium security)
Round 2: 60 minutes, sat in threes with 1 computer each (higher security)

International schools may enter the competition for the purpose of certificate awards but only schools located in the UK will be eligible for the cup/prize money award.

Find out more in the competition overview, take a look at the practice material available or head straight for the registration form!

We currently support entries in Python, JavaScript/Node.js, C++, C#, Java and VisualBasic.NET.

What languages do you support?

Ask a teacher to sign up so that the competition can run in your school this year. The invigilating teacher does not require any coding expertise to host the competition.

Let’s go coders!