Year 9 girls get involved in GCHQ Challenge

News just in from Miss Rhead in the Maths department:

“Over the past week, a team of three Year 9 girls have been working away on puzzles and problems set by the National Cyber Security Centre and GCHQ in the CyberFirst Girls Competition. It was described as “an exciting competition to inspire and encourage young girls to consider a career in cyber.” Abi spotted the competition last term and was keen to enter a team and take on the challenge!

There were four categories: Cryptography, Cyber Security, Logic & Coding and Networking and three levels of difficulty. The girls earned 14 out of the 20 team badges available and clearly their code cracking practice has paid off with 67% of the Cryptography questions answered correctly and Logic & Coding not far behind with 53%. The national results will be published on 13th March and the top ten teams nationally will be invited to compete in the Grand Final later this month. Well done Abi, Jemima and Lucy S!”