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Gloucestershire schools lead way with CyberFirst accolade

Three Gloucestershire schools have become the first recipients of the highest award in a scheme rewarding their work in cyber training.

And eight other CyberFirst School awards have been handed out around the county as recognition from the National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ.

As reported in Punchline-Gloucester.com yesterday, Gloucestershire College was revealed as one of the first recipients of the new status.

And the full list of 13 schools and colleges contains 10 more from Gloucestershire, along with two from Wales.

The Gold Award has been awarded to Newent Community School, Wyedean School & Sixth Form Centre in the Forest of Dean and Cleeve School.

Cleeve executive headteacher Alwyn Richards said: "I'm delighted Cleeve School is to become one of the first CyberFirst gold schools.

"Our students not only benefit from a much wider understanding of cyber risks, but also understand the wide range of career opportunities the subject offers."

Silver Award status was awarded to Ribston Hall High School, Stroud High School, Dean Academy in Lydney, Cirencester College and the Berkeley Green campus of SGS College.

Winchcombe School and All Saints' Academy in Cheltenham earned bronze status.

NCSC deputy director for cyber growth Chris Ensor said: "I congratulate these schools on achieving CyberFirst Schools status - they are the first to do so and their award is thoroughly merited.

"It was great to see the innovative work going on in these schools and we look forward to inviting more to take part and go for gold.

"The CyberFirst Schools programme will help us set a consistent standard for cyber security education as we continue to develop a diverse and talented next generation of cyber experts."

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