The Whitehaven Academy (TWA) is delighted to announce that it has been recognised by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) as a CyberFirst school achieving Gold level, making it the first school in Cumbria to achieve this award, and one of only 4 in the northwest to achieve Gold status.

The award involves a very rigorous process in which the school is assessed and moderated in 7 areas, in which TWA had to showcase their dedication to cyber security. NCSC assessed the whole school curriculum, TWA’s approach to cyber security education, the cyber enrichment activities offered, computing-related outreach programmes in place for feeder or local schools and external engagements the academy has offered. To be awarded the Gold level, the academy had to evidence their commitment and dedication to delivering excellence in cyber security education across all of these areas.

Mr Youngman, Headteacher at TWA, said, “I don’t think there ever been a more important time to ensure students experience high-quality computing education. I am hugely proud of my colleagues’ tireless work to offer the students of Whitehaven Academy the best experience they can. This award is richly deserved”.

Mrs Fowler, Curriculum Lead for Business, Creative Media and Computing at TWA said, “It is a great honour to be recognised as a CyberFirst school, but to be awarded Gold status is even greater. Our team works relentlessly to provide excellence in Computing education, both inside the classroom and throughout the school, equipping students with the skills for modern life and providing our students with a range of enrichment opportunities to prepare them for the potential careers ahead.  It is fantastic to see this recognised”.

Congratulations on such a fantastic achievement.