If you have spent any time walking round school recently you will have noticed that four of the five main teaching blocks are named after key figures from the world of Science, Sport, Literature and Economics. Careful thought was given to each of the names; what they stood for, what they had achieved, adversities that they had faced and overcome and the way that they individually and collectively dovetail into the school’s ethos and vision of hard work, knowledge and constantly striving to be the best version of yourself.
The exception to this however is the maths block. Maths moved into a new base 2 years ago and that block had the legacy name of ‘Towers Too’. It is a name that was fit for the purpose when it was being used as something else, but it doesn’t represent what is going on in those classrooms now. As a result, things needed to change and after some careful thought, we have decided that the block will be renamed ‘Turing’.
Alan Turing was born in 1912 and was English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist. Turing was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing the algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general-purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. As one of the most influential code breakers of World War II, his cryptology yielded intelligence believed to have hastened the Allied victory.
But, at his death in 1954, much of his secretive wartime accomplishments remained classified, far from public view in a nation seized by the security concerns of the Cold War.
He has since been acknowledged as one the most innovative and powerful thinkers of the 20th century. However, he died as a criminal, having been convicted under Victorian laws as a homosexual and his achievements were never fully acknowledged or appreciated. This remained the case for decades and it was only in 2009 that the Government apologised for his treatment. “We’re sorry — you deserved so much better,” said Gordon Brown, the then Prime Minister. This was then followed in 2013 when Queen Elizabeth II granted Turing a royal pardon, 59 years after his death.
Alan Turing was a genius. Alan Turing stood up for what he believed in. Alan Turing never stopped pushing the boundaries of what was possible and as a result, Towers School couldn’t think of a better and more fitting person to name our maths block after.
Here are the current leaders of the Dr. Frost Maths challenge.
Year 7 Leaderboard:
First place: Evelyn Cotterell (3954 points)
Second place: Antoine Robinson (3174 points)
Third place: Lola Kindell (2238 points)
Year 8 Leaderboard:
First place: Shiloh Villion (2003 points)
Second place: Finn Bresnahan (1444 points)
Third place: Louise Moorey (1427 points)
Year 9 Leaderboard:
First place: Kat Searle (1603 points)
Second place: Kira Hanson (1231 points)
Third place: Tiausha Blackburn (1163 points)
Year 10 Leaderboard:
First place: Evie Stevens (1645 points)
Second place: Chloe Woodward (1631)
Third place: Rahimot Folami (1456 points)
Year 11 Leaderboard:
First place: Mason Armstrong (733 points)
Second place: Campbell Burgess (572 points)
Third place: Harvey Longman-Kaczykowski (559 points)
Well done to all those that have made the leaderboards for term 1. Currently, Towers as a school are ranked 124th globally – that is out of over 5000 other schools. I realise that the first term is the hardest when there is something new, but I have enjoyed seeing and hearing from students who have started earning badges and trophies on the site. A new term starts in November. Will you top the leaderboard next term? If you still need assistance getting onto the site, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and let's aim to get Towers in the top 100 by Christmas.