• The Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year
  • Bishop Challoner Catholic College
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • West Midlands

Ayla has been instrumental in the drive to encourage more students, especially girls, to study Computing, inspiring them with her outstanding teaching, and commitment to exciting extra-curricular activities. She has helped to change the culture of this school to make Computing an exciting and attractive choice for all students. She is an inspirational and effective classroom practitioner, already passing her expertise on by supporting new trainee teachers.  

Ayla also brings Computing alive outside the classroom. The list of Computing-related clubs, trips and competitions she volunteers to lead is outstanding: Coding Club for girls, Cyber Security Club, Coding Escape room experience, trips to Allied Codebreaking attraction Bletchley Park, trips to universities, and more.  Two years running, her Cyber Security Club team reached the finals of the GCHQ Cyber Security Competition. 

Ayla is a humble individual who brings positive energy. She has even been observed by teachers from other schools to demonstrate best practice in teaching computer science. Her impact on student – particularly female – uptake of Computing at GCSE is phenomenal.