UK students are at the top of the class in IT skills

Recently in Las Vegas, Robert Phipps from Royal Grammar School in Guildford was crowned Third Place Winner at the Microsoft Office Specialist Worldwide Competition 2012.  Robert's win proves, yet again, that UK students are at the top of the class in IT skills!


The 2012 Certiport Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office attracted more than 285,000 unique candidates from 53 countries who competed to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. 113 student finalists participated in the final round of competition.  Two UK Champions (highest scores in Microsoft Office Specialist exams taken during the year in schools) were sponsored by Prodigy Learning to attend the competition.  Ben Grist from Poole Grammar School competed in the Excel category and Robert Phipps competed in the Word category and finished as Third Place Winner.

Craig Bewley (CEO,Prodigy Learning) commented: “Congratulations to Robert Phipps for coming Third in the World in Word 2007 at the Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office' in Las Vegas.  It is a fantastic achievement and even more remarkable considering Robert is only 14 years of age!  I think this result, coming on the back of Rebecca Rickwood being crowned World Champion last year in Excel 2007, simply proves that Students’ IT Skills in the UK are as good as anywhere in the world.  Special praise should also go to Robert’s parents David and Elaine and his School, the Royal Grammar School in Guildford for all their support”.

Robert Phipps described the trip as "incredible" and noted: "The trip was an unforgettable experience, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks to everyone who made it possible and I shall keep my fingers crossed for next year!"

Next year, Certiport will host the 2013 Microsoft Office World Championship in Washington D.C., USA.  For students to participate in the Competition and get the chance to represent the UK as National Champions, they must take an elgible Microsoft Office Specialist exam at their school (subject to official UK Competition Rules).

Originally posted by Prodigy Learning

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