A student from Ormiston Park Academy has successfully qualified for the UK Championships for Microsoft Office Specialist and will now compete for a chance to represent the UK at the Microsoft Office World Championships in California.
At the Championships, taking place at Microsoft’s UK headquarters in Reading next month, Logan Cooper will take on competitors from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, in an effort to secure the privilege of representing his country.
This is the third year in a row that the Academy in Aveley, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), has had a student taking part in the UK Championships, which is a remarkable achievement.
Logan, who claimed the title of UK Champion in PowerPoint in 2016, and previously represented the UK at the 2016 World Championships in Florida, will this time around specialise in Excel.
A fellow student from the Academy, Alfie – former UK champion in Microsoft Word, who represented the UK at the world championships in 2015 – just missed out on qualifying, despite ending the season ranked 3rd in England.
Alicja Rembecka and Dylan Turner also competed, achieving impressive scores, and look set to become serious contenders for next year’s contest.
The news of Logan’s success comes just a month after the Academy was rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in April. His success, and that of his fellow students, is testament to the Academy and its sponsor OAT’s commitment, to helping children “believe and achieve” – an ethos which Ofsted noted in their report is inspiring students to succeed.
The Microsoft Office World Championships is a global competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Top students from around the world are invited to represent their respective countries. In the UK, students first participate in a National Championship, with the winner going on to compete at the World Championship. The winner of this year’s World Championships will receive a $7000 prize, a trophy, and a selection of exciting prizes provided by Microsoft.
Huw Derrick, Principal of Ormiston Park Academy, said:
“We’re so proud of all of our students who have competed in this year’s competition and, in particular, Logan’s fantastic achievement of reaching the UK Championship. The whole school will be right behind him as he goes into this competition.
“We work closely with our sponsor OAT to make sure that our students develop the skills, talents and character, through a whole range of activities, including taking part in competitions such as this, which we hope will set them up to go on to succeed after their time here”.