Laurus Cheadle Hulme (LCH) has been recognised for their commitment to encouraging gender inclusion in Computer Science by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE).

Computer Science is the fastest-growing STEM subject, and yet, despite its popularity, girls are consistently outnumbered by boys.

In 2023, only one in five GCSE Computer Science and 15% of all A level Computer Science entries were from female students in England.

LCH has completed the national ‘I Belong: encouraging girls into Computer Science‘ programme, demonstrating a commitment to encouraging girls into Computer Science and improving the gender balance within the subject.

The I Belong certificate is awarded by the NCCE, a leading body for computing education in England.

Mr Colley, Director of Computing at Laurus Cheadle Hulme, said:

“We’ve been working hard at LCH to make Computer Science a subject that is accessible to all, from entering ten teams in the Year 8 Girls’ CyberFirst competition, to carefully reviewing our curriculum. We’re really proud that this certification recognises the hard work done so far.”


A certificate from NCCE, it reads: National Centre for Computing Education. This is to confirm that Laurus Cheadle Hulme has demonstrated their commitment to Improving gender balance in computer science by participating in ‘I Belong: encouraging girls into computer science’ Date issued: 1 March 2024. STEM Learning. Funded by the Department for Education.


LCH successfully completed all aspects of the programme to achieve the I Belong programme certificate.

The evidence-informed programme signposts to a range of activities and approaches most likely to support girls’ engagement with the subject.

Katherine Ellis, Gender Inclusion Lead at the NCCE, said:

“Congratulations to Laurus Cheadle Hulme on this accomplishment! Schools play a crucial part in addressing the gender gap in Computer Science education and related careers. This school is among others leading the way in understanding the issue and creating change at a local level. This certificate recognises the efforts the school has gone to, to support and empower all students, especially girls, in choosing this path.”

We’re thrilled to have received the I Belong certificate, at LCH, we are committed to providing opportunities for all students to get involved in Computer Science.

Find out more about our Computing curriculum.