Rougemont is one of fourteen schools across the UK to be recognised for showing excellence in cyber security education, as part of the CyberFirst Schools initiative run by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ.

The programme recognises schools and colleges that can show their dedication to inspiring the next generation of cyber security experts and addressing the UK’s cyber skills gap.

The successful schools demonstrated a range of work aimed at engaging pupils, including offering lunchtime coding clubs, sessions where pupils could pitch Internet of Things concepts, and running projects linking computing to medical sciences.

CyberFirst is a vital part of the National Cyber Security Programme, helping to develop the next generation of cyber security professionals. The youth element is led by the NCSC and has helped more than 48,000 youngsters pursue their interests in computing and cyber security through a range of free opportunities and initiatives.

The NCSC is the UK’s lead technical authority on cyber security and offers unrivalled real-time threat analysis, defence against national cyber attacks and tailored advice to victims when incidents do happen

Earlier this month, an all-female team from Rougemont reached the national semi-finals of the CyberFirst Girls Competition aiming to support girls interested in a career in cyber security.