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Coding Academy

A new Coding Academy for kids and teens in Richmond

Easter Half-Term Camp

Coding, Robotics and Digital Art Camp

Mon 6, Tue 7 and Wed  8 of April, from 9am until 4pm at King's House, 61 King’s Road in Richmond (TW10 6EG). Possibility to book separate days.

Aimed at 7-12 year old students. Childcare vouchers accepted.

Available Programs

What We Teach


Coding&Robotics Club

  • Teach the foundation of programming in the Swift programming language, the de-facto standard for developing real-world iOS apps.

  • Apple reinvented how you learn to code with Swift Playground, an iPad app for getting started with fun. Swift Playground introduces students to Swift.

  • Robotics: Consolidate the understanding of STEM subjects through the exciting world of programming Sphero robots; rotate, roll, blink, loop to help your Sphero to solve a maze, win a bowling game, and more!

  • Properly tailored for primary schools.

Digital Art Club

  • Learn digital drawing techniques that help students to express their ideas and feelings.

  • An intersection of art and technology based on the Everyone Can Create curriculum from Apple, students will learn creative activities to design icons for apps, practice making line art, shapes and shading, 3D printing, how to create an animated GIF and learn techniques of speed painting with Apple Pencil on iPad devices. Broaden children digital creativity through hands-on projects.

  • Properly tailored for primary schools.

Half-Term Camps

Half-term camp to broaden children's computational thinking and creativity through hands-on projects.

  • Problem-solving and coding with Swift Playground. 

  • Robotics meets digital technology and coding with Sphero. 

  • Creative activities to learn digital drawing techniques, shading, 3D printing, techniques of speed painting, animated GIFs creation. 

  • All aimed at 7 to 12 year-old students. 

  • From 9am until 4pm.


The Founder: Simona Pappalardo, BSc/MSc (University of Milan), MSc (Royal Holloway, University of London).

I was awarded a 5-year degree (a combined 3-year BSc and 2-year MSc) in Computer Science (cum laudæ), from the University of Milan, Italy, in 2003, and I have been a professional software developer ever since. Lately, I have developed a very deep interest and passion for machine learning-related topics: I do believe that the ability to learn, structure, infer and make predictions from the huge quantity of data we have at our disposal is key for offering unique services to the society. To this end, I have completed an MSc in Machine Learning from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2017 (Distinction).

In the past, I have been working in the US, The Netherlands, and the UK, for both start-ups and well-established companies (e.g., Gameloft, TomTom, Cheapflights), thoroughly enjoying all the challenges I had to face while working in different contexts.

I have been living and breathing Apple iOS since 2008, experiencing the evolution of its SDK, app ecosystem, and programming languages, becoming proficient in Objective-C first, and Swift more recently. I have developed more than 50 apps from scratch since then. I have a strong and solid understanding of the app full-lifecycle acquired by working for start-ups and well-established enterprises and interacting with all levels in such organisations, from developers to Executives.

I’m an Apple Teacher certified in Swift and Swift Playground. My mission is educate to inspire, because I think that people with passions can change the world. I’d like to help to bring out the creative genius in every kid. I’d like to teach them that they are creators of contents rather than consumers of information. It takes passionate teachers to fuel students’ curiosity and to guide them to their full creative potential. Am I one of those? I surely feel like one!