Corby teacher wins Bafta award

Ray Chambers at the awards night
Ray Chambers at the awards night

A Corby teacher has added another prestigious award to his mantlepiece.

Ray Chambers, who lives in town and is head of IT at Uppingham Community College in Rutland, has won a Bafta for his work getting youngsters interesting in computer coding.

Ray Chambers receiving his award

Ray Chambers receiving his award

He received the Mentor Award at Saturday’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts Young Game Designers awards ceremony in London.

He has previously won the Silver Teaching Award at the 2015 Pearson Teaching Awards earlier this year, and could yet win a Gold award in October.

Mr Chambers said: “Earlier this year my students at Uppingham Community College nominated me for helping them with their GCSE coursework.

“They wrote a number of nominations and I was shortlisted.

“Just to be shortlisted and for my students to think of me like this was a huge shock and it was really humbling.

“You encourage students to do their best but you never expect to be rewarded for it. The students doing well is a reward itself.

“Over this past year I have been popping into a number of primary schools in the area and I have been encouraging them to get coding.

“I have also put on coding sessions on Saturdays so that students can get ready for secondary school in september.

“It’s great to see kids get into coding.

“ICT has really changed. It used to be very much spreadsheet design, word processing and presentations.

“It’s great to see the students getting so engaged in something a lot more complicated.

“Hopefully over time we’ll see more students getting into engineering etc.”

Mr Chambers and more than a dozen other teachers and mentors were invited to London for the awards, which are now in their fifth year and primarily honour students who have created their own computer games.

The mentor award was presented for the first time this year.