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Sheffield High School pupil wins ‘One to Watch’ at the everywoman Technology Awards

Sheffield High School pupil Nayana Dasgupta has been recognised as a future leader in technology after winning the ‘One to Watch Category’ in the sixth annual FDM everywoman in Technology Awards in association with techUK, held yesterday at the Hilton, Park Lane, London.

Fifteen year old Nayana from Ecclesall has been resolving technical problems in the classroom, before the IT technicians arrived, since she was 11 years old. She is credited with opening other pupils’ eyes to the enormous range of career possibilities within computer science and technology after setting up a coding club in school.

Nayana said: “I am so honoured to win this award, and surprised! I didn’t think I would even be shortlisted. I’d like to thank my parents and my family for being so supportive when I was young and interested in computers. I’d also like to thank Sheffield High School for introducing computer science into the curriculum and encouraging me and future pupils in this area.”

The everywoman award scheme is the UK’s leading programme championing women in technology, attracting over 500 industry leaders from the field of business and technology.

Assistant Head, Kathryn Boulton-Pratt commented

We are so proud of Nayana. She has been one of the key drivers in school behind the introduction of Computer Science at GCSE from 2016 and it is wonderful that she has been recognised for the outstanding work she has done in inspiring others to get into coding.”

A former Sheffield High School pupil was also recognised at the event. Lucinda Carney (née Harley), who left the school in 1989 won the Entrepreneur Award. Lucinda is the CEO of Advance Change, a provider of training and performance management software. The company was set up in 2009, has a customer retention rate of 97% and is forecasted to reach £1.3 million turnover within the next 3 years.

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