Code Club’s wonderful Star Club at Barrow Hill School in St Johns Wood received a special guest visit this week from the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson.
Mr Wilson was keen to see the progress the students have been making at their club, with the members of the class eagerly demonstrating their skills and the projects they have been busy working on this term.
Mr Wilson said the work of Code Club was important “because it supports talented volunteers in sharing their expertise with young people across the country so that they are learning the vital digital skills they need.” He added that “The rapid growth of the programme is evidence of its success and it’s fantastic that half of all primary schools in the UK will have access to Code Club by 2018.”
Thanks to funding from the Cabinet Office’s Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund, we’ve been able to expand our volunteer recruitment activities, and this means that we’re able to reach more kids around the country and get them involved in their own Code Clubs.
But without the hard work of all our fabulous volunteers, teachers and parents, Code Club wouldn’t be where it is today – at a current total of 2354 clubs in the UK alone!
Chris Sadler, who leads the Barrow Hill Star Club, is just one of those volunteers. He told us about his experiences; “I find it so rewarding to work with children who are genuinely excited to tackle new things. The Code Club projects are doing all the teaching – my job is to support the class as they explore and learn.”
So if you’re interested in being part of the Code Club movement, and inspiring more kids to get into coding, you too can arrange a visit to one of our Star Clubs like Barrow Hill School to see first hand what our after school clubs are all about.
Alternatively, you can also visit our volunteers page to see how you can get stuck in!