War heroines inspire Redland High girls in code-breaking battle

February 28 2014

GIRLS at Redland High School have been following in the footsteps of the heroic women at Bletchley Park who provided crucial assistance at the decryption establishment during the Second World War.

GIRLS at Redland High School have been following in the footsteps of the heroic women at Bletchley Park who provided crucial assistance at the decryption establishment during the Second World War.
They were given the opportunity to test their decoding skills in the UK Linguistics Olympiad - a competition for secondary school students in which they have to solve linguistic data problems.
The same week in which veterans gathered at Bletchley Park to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Colossus - the computer developed for British code-breakers - the Redland High pupils participated in the nation-wide competition, described as a cross between Sudoku, a Sherlock Holmes mystery and a detailed grammar analysis.
Competitors were given several linguistic clues, and then had to decode a language which they had never seen before, such as Ancient Phoenician, Tangkhul or Kannada.
Caroline Bateson, headmistress at Redland High School, said: "I am delighted that the girls at Redland High are responding to the challenge and I look forward to seeing them go through to the next stage of the competition."
Results from the competition are due to be released in the next few weeks.