The Cyber Schools Hub initiative has engaged with most schools within Gloucestershire. The initiative has two hub schools and then surrounding spoke schools. We are delighted to see collaboration and partnerships between schools.
Newent Community School and Cleeve School are the two hubs within the Cyber Schools Hub initiative. Both schools have dynamic approaches to improving computer science uptake and knowledge not only within the schools but also the local community.
All secondary schools in Gloucestershire were invited to tender to become a Cyber Schools Hub in October 2017. All tenders were reviewed and contracts were awards in January 2018. Cleeve had initially won the contract as a conglomerate with Pates Grammar Schools and Beaufort Corporative Academy. Pates dropped out before the launch and Beaufort have since withdrawn due to going into special measure and no longer offering computer science.
Newent Community School
"I am genuinely excited at the prospect of supporting the NCSC and GCHQ to develop a unique Cyber hub at Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students and all young people in Gloucestershire. Our goal is to provide a real-world learning and exploration environment for students while raising awareness of the exciting career opportunities in the information security sector.’’ - School Principle, Newent.
"Cleeve School is delighted to be the lead school in the Cyber Schools Hubs project. We are very aware of the significant role ‘cyber’ is playing in our young people’s lives and will continue to do so in the future. Our involvement in the Cyber Schools Hubs project will allow our young people to directly benefit from the expertise utilised and developed, and we look forward to helping improve the development of cyber and computer science skills across the region." - Computer Science Teacher Cleeve.
The Cyber Schools Hub initiative has grown phenomenally reaching most secondary schools in Gloucestershire. Each schools offers different ideas, perspectives and enthusiasm towards the project and is helping to shape its growth and impact. There are a number of spoke schools within the project that do not offer computer science. Since becoming involved with the initiative these schools are now developing an offering. The initiative continues to work with new schools to work within Gloucestershire.
Spoke Schools Include; Wyedean, Ribston, Dean Academy, Chipping Campden, Barnwood Park Arts College, Berkeley Green UTC, Pittville, Dean Close, Crypt Grammar School, The Cotswold School, Denmark Road, St Peters High School, Dene Magna, The Forest High School, Severn Vale School, Gloucestershire College, Rednock Schools, Stroud High School, Chosen Hill Schools, Marling School, Katherine Lady Berkeley and Cirencester Deer Park School.