Teen Jane Bond’s heading to cyber base

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A group of Lancaster Grammar School pupils are heading to London to take part in a competition find the UK’s best cyber security talent of tomorrow.

On Monday, Evie Smith (15), Lauren McHugh (15) and Emily Shakleton (15) from will travel to the heart of Westminster to pit their technological wits against girls from nine other schools at the final of CyberFirst Girls competition.

The competition has been organised by the National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ, to generate more interest amongst young women in the increasingly important field of cyber security.

The team was among the 18,000 13-15 year olds who entered the competition and are now down to the final 10.

By getting through online rounds, the Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School team ‘Circular Logic’ finished in the top 0.5 per cent of entrants.

Headteacher headteacher Jackie Cahalin said:

“I am delighted that Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School students have made it through to the national final of this exciting competition.

“We had over 100 students enter which shows the level of interest and enthusiasm for Computer Science and Cryptography.”

he final will transform a historic government building in Westminster into a live-action cyber centre to test the girls’ security skills through a series of challenging scenarios, before they are asked to present their findings to real-life experts from NCSC and industry.

The winning team will take home individual prizes and their school will receive IT equipment to the value of £1,000.

They will be presented with the prizes by Miriam González, founder of Inspiring Girls International and a partner in the law firm Dechert.