Upper IV visit Bletchley Park

Posted: 14th October 2021


Mr Dellow, Head of Computing, reports on the day Upper IV spent at Bletchley Park on 12th October,

‘Our annual Bletchley Park visit took place this week; this is the sixth time the Department has taken Upper IV to the wonderful home of the WWII code breakers. Our Upper IVs have been studying ciphers and code breaking since we returned to school and were raring to go from the moment we boarded the coach. The significance of Bletchley Park continues to be celebrated in the media and year after year stories emerge that highlight this significance. Bletchley Park was, of course, the code breaking centre of the world during WWII.

The experience continues to impress our students – they worked their way through a series of ciphers and codes in their morning workshops and followed this up with a walk through the famous huts. The importance of Bletchley Park can only be fully understood by visiting and seeing the code breaking huts that played a crucial role in the Allied victory.

The day involved a guided tour where the staff tell fascinating stories about the people who worked here, as well as the day to day routines and the history of Bletchley. The fact that over 2/3 of employees at Bletchley were women is an inspiration to our own code-breaking girls.

There really is never enough time to visit the whole site, just one day – which was a real shame. We did, this year however, manage to fit in a visit to the wonderful shop and the coach was full of puzzle enthusiasts on the way home.  If you’re stuck for Christmas gift ideas take a look at some of the following:

Bletchley Park Puzzles Logic Puzzle (£4.99)

Bletchley Park Codebreaking Puzzles (£4.99)

Bletchley Park Brainteasers (£9.99)

All are available on Amazon.’

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