Laurus Ryecroft has been recognised for their commitment to encouraging gender inclusion in Computer Science by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE). 

Computer Science is the fastest-growing STEM subject, and yet, despite its popularity, girls are consistently outnumbered by boys.

In 2023, only one in five GCSE entries and 15% of all A level entries for Computer Science were from female students in England.

Laurus Ryecroft has completed the national ‘I Belong: encouraging girls into Computer Science’ programme, demonstrating a commitment to encouraging girls into the subject and improving the gender balance within the field.

The I Belong certificate is awarded by the NCCE, a leading body for computing education in England.

Mr McCormick, Head of Computing at Laurus Ryecroft, said: 

“As a subject we want to ensure Computer Science is accessible for all. We have already taken part in the Year 8 Girls’ CyberFirst competition, joined in the Cyber Girls First event, and received visits from industry role models such as BAE systems to name just a few. We’re really proud that this certification recognises the hard work done so far, and we’re excited about what the future holds for Ryecroft and its students.”


A certificate from NCCE, it reads: National Centre for Computing Education. This is to confirm that Laurus Ryecroft has demonstrated their commitment to Improving gender balance in computer science by participating in ‘I Belong: encouraging girls into computer science’ Date issued: 30 May 2024. STEM Learning. Funded by the Department for Education.

Laurus Ryecroft successfully completed all aspects of the programme to achieve the I Belong programme certificate.

The evidence-informed programme signposts to a range of activities and approaches most likely to support girls’ engagement with the subject.

Katherine Ellis, Gender Inclusion Lead at the NCCE, said: 

“Congratulations to Laurus Ryecroft on this accomplishment! Schools play a crucial part in addressing the gender gap in computer science education and related careers. This school is among others leading the way in understanding the issue and creating change at a local level. This certificate recognises the efforts the school has gone to, to support and empower all students, especially girls, in choosing this path.”

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