Huge congratulations to our team of five Year 8 codebreakers whose Cryptography, Cyber Security, Logic, Coding and Networking skills got them through to the regional semi-final of the CyberFirst Girls’ Competition 2020 run by the National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ. The team, named White Feathers, had progressed to the semi-final through online rounds held in School, taking the group on to a ‘secret’ location in Manchester city centre where they competed in real time with nine other schools.

This year, over 2900 teams from all corners of the UK took part and the aim of the competition is to unearth talent and spark interest in cyber security among girls who, currently, are underrepresented in this vital area of our country’s security.

Head of ICT and Computer Science, Mr Snowden, said:

“ Congratulations to this year’s team on reaching the semi-finals. This is only the third year we have taken part and last year our team got all the way to the final, so we are building a very good record in this competition, which reflects our girls’ abilities at the highest level for their age.”

Team members: Haleema A, Sama B, Siena C, Olivia H & Kimi T