Mr Chambers wins a BAFTA

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the winners of the 2015 BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) competition in association with Nominet Trust, at a glittering awards ceremony at BAFTA’s headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London.

The YGD Mentor Award, presented for the first time this year to an individual nominated by the public for their involvement in the education of young game designers, was awarded to our  Head of IT Ray Chambers.  Ray runs a successful extracurricular coding club for his students and also visits local primary schools to introduce younger children to coding. He is a regular blogger and has his own YouTube Channel.

The YGD Awards ceremony was hosted by CBBC presenter Ben Shires (Officially Amazing) and games journalist Jane Douglas. Amongst those presenting the awards were: Jordan and Perri from dance troupe Diversity; BBC Radio 1 and Friday Downloadpresenter Cel Spellman; and Dan Gray, executive producer on the double BAFTA-winning game Monument Valley.

The jury said: “We were incredibly impressed and heartened by the enthusiasm and innovation demonstrated by all of the nominees. Amongst them Mr Ray Chambers stood out for the way he’d used social media to take his teaching outside the classroom and his commitment to engaging a diverse range of young people in the magic of game design.”

Watch Mr Chambers collect his award (3:14s)