Almost 1800 teams were entered for The National Cipher Challenge, an annual cryptographic competition organised by the University of Southampton School of Mathematics. The competition is organised into eight challenges, which are further subdivided into parts A and B. The first challenge consists of a relatively simple cryptogram that is intended for beginning cryptographers. In later challenges the cryptograms become harder to break.
Only 117 teams were left in the competition at the final challenge stage and two of the teams entered by Gordano School maths teacher Francoise Johnston finished in the top 20, which is a fantastic achievement .
The winning pupils involved in the competition over the past four months are:
Robert March in Y10
Matthew March, Ben Hunter-Craig, Lewie Johnson (and Evy Gardiner for moral support) Y12.
Representatives from these teams will attend a prize giving event in March. The event will be held in Bletchley Park and hosted by The British Computer Society.