Manchester Academy students are cracking the code

Manchester Academy students learn the secrets of Enigma and Bletchley Park

Manchester Academy students learnt the code-breaking secrets of the Second World War after they recently had a special visit.

The students received a unique visit from one of the experts at the world famous Bletchley Park.

The home of British code-breaking and a birthplace of modern information technology, Bletchley Park (near Milton Keynes) played a major role in World War Two.

It produced secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict.

Bletchley Park’s Natasha Riley came into the Moss Lane East-based school. Riley visited the Academy to talk to students in Years 7, 8 and 9, and the school’s robotics club. She spoke about the work carried out at Bletchley Park. More importantly, Riley spoke to them about the Enigma code breaking machine, which she brought with her.

Enigma itself was a remarkable piece of engineering developed and used in the early to mid-20th century to protect commercial, diplomatic and military communications.

During World War Two, Britain’s code-breakers, led by the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing, used it to decipher the military codes used by Germany and its allies.

Manchester Academy’s Principal, Andy Griffin said “we’re very grateful to Natasha for coming into school to talk to our students. Those taking part certainly found it both fascinating and inspiring”.

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Photo Credit: Manchester Academy

 

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