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The Charter School

North Dulwich

Year 9 crack the code at Bletchley Park

49 year 9 students visited Bletchley Park this week, touring the facilities as well as taking part in a workshop on cyber security . 

Students were tasked with unlocking briefcases and boxes by deciphering secret codes. The highlight of the session was being able to use the Enigma machine to encrypt their names. They were then given a tour of the huts where the famous 'code-breakers' worked during World War 2, as well as the Bletchley museum where they were able to see the world's only fully-operational Bombe rebuild - the electro-mechanical device used to mechanise the process of breaking the Enigma code. A enjoyable day was completed with a series of talks around the different IT mechanisms employed by British code-breakers today.