PROUD pupils from a village primary school are over the moon after landing a top national computing award.

Students from Steeple Bumpstead Primary School, in Bower Hall Drive, were awarded the ‘People’s Choice’ vote in the recent Raspberry Pi computer coding competition.

The team, which was made up of pupils from Year 6 and dubbed themselves the 'Honey Pi' team, ran a project to investigate beehives.

Year 6 pupils on the team included Amelia Garrod, Ruben Flannery, Monty Johnson, Eve Richardson and Sam Chilton.

They used technology to monitor the temperature and humidity of beehives in order to support the crucial role insects have in the environment.

The team's project impressed and saw the students get through to the final three for their age group of the national competition.

Although they were eventually pipped for the top prize, they did enough to capture the people’s vote.

The Year 5 teacher who led the school's team, Stuart White, said: “The People’s Choice vote saw everyone who took part in the final asked to choose their favourite project.

“The Year 6 team were absolutely thrilled and the whole school is proud of their achievements.”

The national competition is organised annually by PA Consulting with the aim of promoting STEM education.

It challenges schoolchildren to invent systems that could benefit society using their engineering and coding skills.

For this year's competition, pupils were challenged to design technology to help create a positive future for everyone.