Pupils at Glebe Primary School in Uxbridge have been learning how to make their own animated video games through classes run by the franchise owner of ComputerXplorers Middlesex.

Amaiya Ruhomutally, a pupil at the school, said: “I really enjoy ComputerXplorers because you get to learn new things every week and we are now able to design our own games and eventually we will be able to play them. The teacher is really helpful and helps us when we are stuck.”

ComputerXplorers Middlesex provides ICT education for children aged three to 13 and the company has been running its Wednesday after school club at Glebe Primary School since the summer term.

Throughout the 10-week course the pupils develop a multitude of technological skills such as programming, importing characters and sound, and creating backgrounds. At the end of the programme, the children present their creations to the rest of the school at a special assembly where they are awarded with certificates acknowledging their achievements.

Nick Alford, Head of Glebe Primary School, said: “We are keen to offer as broad a range of extra-curricular activities as possible. The classes are so engaging and the children are thoroughly engrossed in what they are doing. They get the opportunity to use specialist software that wouldn’t ordinarily be accessible within the school and they are learning sophisticated new skills as well as improving their numeracy, literacy and team working abilities.

“The programme is very popular and we look forward to continuing our association with ComputerXplorers. If there is demand we might introduce some of their other ICT programmes into the school in the future.”

Deven Ratneshwar, franchise owner of ComputerXplorers Middlesex, said: “Our classes are designed to be very interactive and fun. We all learn more when we are enjoying ourselves. The children are so involved and absorbed by what they are doing they hardly realise how much they are learning.”

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