Mark Rutherford in the running for Cyber School of the Year award

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The headteacher of Mark Rutherford School has described her pride as the school was announced as a finalist in the Education category in this year’s National Cyber Awards.

The awards recognise the businesses and organisations that are committed to cyber innovation, cyber-crime reduction and protecting citizens online.

Mark Rutherford School is in the running for the Cyber School of the Year 2021 award and pupils and staff will attend the ceremony in London on 28 September.

One project the school is involved with is a competition that has run since 2013 aimed at students from Year 5 to Year 10 covering a variety of topics to do with cyber security and safety.

The competition is run in collaboration with the British Computer Society (Bedford), Cranfield University and Bedfordshire Police in raising awareness of cyber issues within the community and beyond.

The school has also been working with Qufaro to run the Cyber Extended Project for students who want to delve deeper into cyber security.

Jacqueline Samosa, Assistant Headteacher at Mark Rutherford School said: “I am really pleased that the school is being recognised for the role that it plays in trying to raise awareness of the cyber issues that our young people face online on a daily basis.

“It is really important that we educate young people on how to manage these threats moving forward. The projects we are involved with do just that, both within the community and across continents but this is ongoing as the online environment is constantly changing.”

Headteacher, Kelli Foster, said “What an achievement to be in the final of such a prestigious awards event that serves to recognise those who work hard to keep us all safe online.

“The work we do as a school aims to educate our young people, and those in the community, and also aims to inspire them moving forward.

“I am proud of the work we do in relation to the teaching of cyber security and the commitment staff give to the students in this area.”

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