This year, more of our students took part in the Alan Turing Cryptography Competition than we’ve ever had in previous years.
This national event runs from January until April and asks teams of students to solve six increasingly difficult ciphers as they work through a story. This time, the story revolved around a murder at a remote genetics institute on the moors, with each cipher giving a clue to help find the culprit. Our students all put in a great deal of effort to crack the problems, which ranged from substitution ciphers to OS maps.
One of our teams, made up of Alex T., Christian L. and Yosef A.M., managed to solve all 6 ciphers, placing them in the top 30 teams out of over 1000 nationally (the third year in a row that they have done so!) This is their final year of participation in the competition and we congratulate them on this impressive track record.
Nevertheless, our keen Year 7 teams also performed admirably this year, with both of them cracking five out of the six problems. Moreover, one of the teams, consisting of Will S., Milly H. and Leonie F., was randomly selected to win a spot prize of an Amazon voucher for successfully solving one of the later chapters. They received their prizes along with the Year 11 students earlier this week.
So, in summary, another year to celebrate! We would like to thank all students who took part this year and hope that we will have even more budding cryptographers next year.
Well done to Alex, Christian, Yosef, Eren, Adam O, Milly, Leonie, Will, Tom, Jonty and Sam!