A COMPUTER science teacher at The Chase School has been awarded a top accolade for his contribution to the subject.
John Palmer was awarded the Chartered IT professional status by the BCS, the chartered institute for IT, which was presented by former pupil Adam Hatton who now works for motor company Jaguar.
He is just one of five teachers across the country with this status which is awarded to individuals practicing IT to the highest professional standards.
“John has had an enormous influence in the development of computer science in schools nationally, and The Chase has been recognised as a centre of excellence for the teaching of this subject for some years now,” said headteacher Mike Fieldhouse.
“We are delighted the Institute has decided to award him Chartered Status in recognition of his excellent work.
“The numbers of girls and boys taking GCSE Computer Science at The Chase are well in excess of national averages, as are the results and progress made by students in the subject.”
In addition to teaching computer science, Mr Palmer also has a wider role in training and supporting teachers developing the computing subject in schools across the West Midlands, as one of a group of Specialist Lead practitioners based at Birmingham City University.
“Computer science is a vital subject for our students who represent the next generation of Malvern’s brilliant brains and will ultimately enable the UK to compete in the global marketplace of the future,” added Mr Palmer.