Abingdon School student crowned Google Champion

Abingdon School student wins prestigious tech award | Bright World

Sixteen-year-old Freddie Nicholson from Abingdon School is celebrating his selection as a Google Grand Prize Winner in the global tech giant’s annual international competition for young coders, Google Code-in 2018. As a prize winner, Freddie, who lives in Oxford, will be off to visit the Google headquarters and enjoy some Californian sunshine this summer.

Students compete for international acclaim

Freddie faced tough competition with 3,124 students from 77 countries taking part in the contest. Only 54 Grand Prize Winners were selected. In total the UK had six Grand Prize Winners, behind India which topped the table with 18 and the US with nine. 

The winners were announced on 7 January following seven weeks of competition which ended in December. Freddie was surprised when he received the news, he recalls,

“When the email arrived at 5 o’clock in the morning saying that I was a Grand Prize Winner I couldn’t believe it. Being chosen is an honour as Google sets tough criteria. We had to show quality, creativity, thoroughness, complexity, and community involvement. All of which I knew I had tried to do but was unsure whether it was enough to match the excellent contributions from other students."

Bright World at Abingdon School

Bright World Guardianships maintains regular contact with Abingdon School and we are delighted to be guardian to several students there. Abingdon has a very firm safeguarding policy and does insist that ALL students coming from overseas must have a good guardian in place.  

Our Local Coordinator, Hazel Ormrod, visits the school regularly to see our guardianship students and we know that the school is impressed with us as we attend Parents evenings for the students under our care. The school appreciates the high level of pastoral and academic support that Bright World offers to our students.   

Hazel was impressed with the many new developments when she visited the registrar last year. These included a major new building project called Beech Court. It will house a brand new Sixth Form Centre, the Library and the Art Department on the top floor. The space vacated by the old Library and Art Department will provide more space for the Music and Art Departments.

Abingdon School is an independent boarding school for boys aged 11 to 18 years in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Bright World can offer guardianship to students at Abingdon School and has great host families in the Oxford area.  For more information on how to apply for guardianship contact us today.  

If you want more information about Abingdon School, or you need help to find a place there, then Bright World can do so free of charge. Please email us for more information.  


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