Last term several teams from Yr 8 took part in the National Cyber Security Centre's CyberFirst Girls Competition This is a prestigious, national competition lasting 10 days where students solve online Cyber, logic and coding related puzzles set by the staff at GCHQ. The problems set were often very complex, and the girls had to work at a very high standard to solve them. Staff at BAE Systems visited us and supported students in training for the competition and computer club activities.
With women representing just 22% of the UK’s cybersecurity industry, the event aims to encourage girls to think about a career in cyber. Over 8,700 girls entered this year, with finals being held at 13 locations across the UK.
Team "A Disaster" - Annie Adamson, Bea Parish and Evie Poole made it through to the finals, and on Saturday they spent a day competing against 12 other teams. An enormous well done to the Ribston team for winning the South West region finals in the CyberFirst Girls competition which took place at the Defence Cyber Academy. The girls received prizes for their amazing achievement, including a laptop each. Winners from each regional final have been invited to a grand prize-giving dinner and celebration day taking place in Belfast in March!