The Computing and ICT department took a group of Year 9 and 10 students to Bletchley Park this week (30th April). The purpose of the trip was to give those students who are thinking of taking Computer Science or who are currently studying the subject, an experience of how it all started.
They were given a lesson on the use of ciphers and how the Enigma code was eventually broken. The workings of the Enigma machine were explained in great depth and every student had an opportunity to use a real Enigma! They were given a tour of the grounds, the different huts and the main house. Detailed accounts were given on the tour of how the duties differed from one hut to another which was fascinating.
The visit gave a real insight into the innovation that took place at Station X and the sheer hard work that went into a vital intelligence gathering centre during WW2.