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Northern Education Trust

March 9, 2022, 2:56 pm

Thorp Academy gains recognition from UK experts for championing cyber skills

Northern Education Trust Thorp Academy is one of only 8 schools and colleges to be recognised for offering top cyber education in the latest round of awards by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre.  The nation’s experts in cyber security have awarded Bronze status to Thorp Academy for encouraging young people to develop cyber skills.

As part of the CyberFirst Schools initiative, schools are awarded the status for their first-rate cyber security teaching in and out of the classroom.

Eight institutions are the latest to be awarded by the CyberFirst Schools initiative, led by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ, for their work offering first-rate cyber security teaching in and out of the classroom.  Since the initiative was launched in 2020, 49 CyberFirst Schools and Colleges have been recognised, helping to develop cyber skills ecosystems around the country and addressing the industry’s cyber skills gap.

Thorp Academy has introduced an encryption and cryptography module to enrich the computing curriculum for Year 8s and held an event to celebrate women in technology, to inspire more girls to take Computer Science GCSE.

Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director for Cyber Growth, said: “Well done to all the schools and colleges across the UK that have been awarded CyberFirst Schools status for the high standard of cyber security education they provide.  Offering young people opportunities to gain hands-on experience of cyber security is essential for inspiring the next generation of talent and keeping the UK secure online in the years to come.  We welcome these institutions to our growing community of schools, colleges, local industry and universities who are playing a key role in helping cyber skills ecosystems thrive around the country.”

Karen Hailes, Principal of Thorp Academy said “We are delighted that Thorp Academy has been awarded Bronze status in the CyberFirst Schools Recognition Scheme.  We are very excited to enhance our computer science curriculum using the expertise of the National Cyber Security Centre, and have lots of activities planned for our students across all year groups.  Northern Education Trust fully recognises the importance of providing an excellent computer science and cyber security education, to ensure our students are well equipped to get the best use of technology, safely, across all areas of their lives.”

More information about the CyberFirst Schools initiative can be found on the NCSC website – https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/cyberfirst

Thorp Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
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