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Codebreaking workshop

Some Year 7 and 8 students took part in a codebreaking workshop. They learnt how codebreaking has played an influential role in British history from the nefarious plot of Mary queen of Scots to the cracking of the enigma code in WW2. 

The students had to crack a variety of codes and ciphers that became increasingly difficult. Most students managed to crack the pigpen cipher as used by the Freemasons but eventually became stuck when using advanced techniques such as frequency analysis. Several very talented Year 7 students almost cracked the penultimate code with impressive skills of deduction and mathematical reasoning.

One student said, " I never imagined how maths could be used to hide messages, it was really satisfying to finally break a code that looked like gibberish just minutes before."

If a parent requires a paper copy of the information on the school's website, please contact us and this will be provided free of charge