Balshaw’s Church of England High School

GCHQ Girls' CyberFirst Competition

14 March 2017

Four girls from Balshaw’s have recently competed in the first ever GCHQ girls’ CyberFirst competition which involved over 8,000 girls and 2,100 teams across the UK. The four Year 9 girls, Jessica Heath, Charlie Maddock, Kate Doughty and Neve McGuiness, undertook four tasks in their spare time over an eight day period. The four tasks provided a challenging insight into cyber security and the role of spies to protect the UK’s interests and infrastructures. During the competition the girls’ minds were put to the test through cryptographic, cyber security, logic and coding and networking tasks, which the girls made excellent progress through each challenge, working as a team brilliantly.

The image below shows the progress the girls made during the CyberFirst competition, which they worked on at lunchtimes and at home over eight days.

We would like to congratulate Jessica, Charlie, Kate and Neve again for their participation in the competition, and although they didn’t make it into the final ten they have still make an absolutely fantastic effort within the competition.

Miss Lockhart
ICT & Computing Department




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