Coding and Cipher National Champions

Marvellous mathematicians at Stockport Grammar School celebrated a prestigious code-breaking double after winning both the Alan Turing Cryptography Competition and the National Cipher Challenge.

Girls and boys were strongly represented in our winning teams – Stockport Grammar’s co-educational ethos giving everyone the opportunity to work together and thrive across the full range of subjects including Science, Technology and Maths.

Alan Turing Cryptography Competition

Pupils were victorious, outwitting over 1,000 teams, in the Alan Turing Cryptography Competition, a national contest organised by the School of Mathematics at the University of Manchester.

The competition follows the story of two young cipher sleuths, Mike and Ellie, as they get caught up in a cryptographic adventure ‘The Tale of the Morphogenesis Mystery’.

New chapters are released over six weeks, each with a fiendish code to crack. Points are earned by cracking each code and submitting your answer.

The Stockport Grammar team, Pythag’R’Us – made up of Lauryn Howard, Pippa Brown, Phoebe Micklefield and Zahra Butt, were crowned as winners after picking up the most points across the six chapters and the epilogue.

National Cipher Challenge

Pupils from Fifth Year and Sixth Form bagged the top team prize at The National Cipher Challenge.

The girls and boys, who called themselves Pythag’R’Back, competed against over 3,500 teams at the University of Southampton and were declared the overall winners, receiving the IBM Award of £1,000, at Bletchley Park, the once top-secret home of the World War Two codebreakers.

The pupils involved were Sam Howard, Nathan Kingsley, Wolodymyr Krywonos, Callum Boyle, Lauryn Howard, Murray Jallands, Pippa Brown, Phoebe Micklefield and Alex Pollard.