GALLERY: Computing facility opens at Townley Grammar School
PUBLISHED: 09:28 01 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:41 01 February 2016
The facility was named after Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, to reflect the school's mission of preparing young women for a future in the world of technology
Townley Grammar School officially opened its brand new computing facility and dining hall on Tuesday after two years of planning and construction.
The facility was named after Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, to reflect the school’s mission of preparing young women for a future in the world of technology.
The suite’s corridors are filled with an inspirational timeline taking the viewer on a journey through the advances in technology from the very first computer up to modern day, including men and women who have made significant contributions to the computing world.
The suite also contains a design and technology work room and a media studies iMac room.
The evening was hosted by guest speaker and computer scientist, Dr Sue Black, founder of #TechMums and an advocate of women in computing.
Townley - which recently received an ‘outstanding’ review from an Ofsted inspection - has a strong reputation for educating young people in computing and has recently been visited by delegates from Korea, Russia and Denmark to show them how computing in schools is essential.
Among those in attendance were the mayor of Bexley, with the students responding with enthusiasm and delivering engaging speeches about how computer science has changed their lives.
Head teacher Desmond Deehan said: “We wanted to name the facility after Ada Lovelace because she hasn’t really been recognised enough for her impact on the world, and she’s an outstanding role model for our girls.
“Being computer literate today is absolutely essential.
“I believe that computer engineering is as important as engineering was in previous decades, and so we want our students to have the facilities that they deserve.
“We’ve always been at the spearhead of things like this, for example we co-wrote the national computing curriculum, regularly get recognised by Microsoft as a good example of teaching, and I spoke in the House of Commons the other week about the importance of digital schools.
“People from all over come to us to learn about computing and we’re obviously immensely proud of that and keen to do our bit to improve the UK’s performance in this field.”