Students of cancelled Active Coding Academies series refunded, says organiser

The organiser of the cancelled Active Coding Academies series planned for this month at Strathallan School, near Perth, has told FutureScot that he has refunded the students who booked.

Marc Dinardo said today that “all outstanding payments have now been made to students and those students have been notified”. It came after concerns raised by a parent who had paid £1,299 for his daughter to go on the two-week residential course.

Dinardo added in a statement: “We are very sorry to have let our customers down. Despite every effort we were not able to reach the number of students needed to run this programme.

“We set out to launch an ambitious new project this summer to pilot a new style of delivery for teaching teenagers a range of programming skills as a means to address the growing digital skills gap among young people in Scotland.

“Once again we thank our customers for their patience and understanding and hope that we can take the lessons learned from this pilot programme into delivering a successful training programme for young people in the near future.”

The course was designed for young people aged between 12 and 17 and would have combined lessons in various programming languages with fun activities designed to encourage team building.