Codes cracked in National Cipher Challenge

The results are in on the National Cipher Challenge, a code-breaking competition run by the University of Southampton with prizes funded by a range of prestigious institutions including GCHQ, IBM and Trinity College, Cambridge. Out of a national field of 1,600 teams from over 700 UK schools, four teams from Bedales finished in the top 200, so many congratulations to: Fermat’s Last Code, who finished 38th, Patrick Newlands (Block 4) who finished 87th, Whale Unicorns (148th) and Wesley Crushers (180th). This was a significant achievement by all concerned, who cracked a series of increasingly difficult codes in their own time over a period of eight weeks.

By Michael Truss, Head of Mathematics


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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