As part of their prize for winning the NCSC / GCHQ "CyberFirst" Competition, our team of Year 8 Cyber Sleuths got to spend an afternoon at Windsor Castle with HRH The Duke of York.

Along with the other finalists of the competition, we were thrilled to have been given the opportunity to meet a member of the royal family, His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, The Duke of York at Windsor Castle. This was an absolutely incredible experience and it is something that we will never forget.

The Duke of York spoke to us about how we should never wait for people to teach us things but we should discover things ourselves, and how we should never allow someone to tell us "no", instead we should grab opportunities for ourselves.

We also talked about  the importance of increasing awareness of careers in cyber security and how jobs in this field need to become as well-known as other professions such as Medicine and Law.

His Royal Highness was incredibly supportive of this field of study and he even shared his own knowledge of cyber security with us.

Thank you to Mr Lilley for accompanying us on this part of the incredible CyberFirst adventure – and to the Queen for lending us the castle for the afternoon…!

Hattie S, Year 8