Burnley tech-whizz wins national prize

Luke Needham
Luke Needham

A former Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College student has beaten off tough competition from across the country to win a national computing challenge.

Luke Needham (16), who studies A-Levels in physics, maths, computing and philosophy at Nelson and Colne College, triumphed in the Cambridge University Press contest after designing an impressive user interface program. The Burnley teenager was presented with a Smart watch by Assistant Principal Paul Britton.

I am happy to have won and tried my best to make my program the best that it could possibly be

Luke Needham

Luke, who intends to pursue a degree in computer science and a career in software engineering, said: “I am happy to have won and tried my best to make my program the best that it could possibly be.”

Computer Science tutor Daniel Forrester said: “Luke, like many other students this year, has embodied the drive and determination for independent investigation that we look to foster at Nelson and Colne College.

“We are proud that Luke has managed to win this competition ahead of students from some top colleges in the country.”

To find out more about A-Level courses at Nelson and Colne College ring 01282 440 272.