Free Places Available on Cyberfirst Courses

The Smallpeice Trust recently launched the timetable of CyberFirst courses available across a range of UK locations. For more information about the courses and how to apply, please go to The Smallpeice Trust website.

This generation of young people have grown up with digital technology as part of their every day life and have a natural aptitude for using digital technology; and it’s keeping that technology secure which is a key aspiration of the courses. Rather than focus solely on theory, attendees are given the chance to experience cyber security through practical learning and applied teamwork, bringing out each individual’s potential.

1,150 FREE places are available on 23 five day courses, residential and non-residential, and will provide students with the opportunity to explore modern security technology whilst working with the latest cyber security tools. The courses use presentations, team exercises and hands-on experience to hone the next generation of cyber security experts, or cyberists.

There are three different courses available, depending on age group. (Please check course info for criteria when applying):-
• CyberFirst Defenders (Designed for 14 to 15 year olds with a demonstrable interest in computing)
• CyberFirst Futures (Designed for 15 to 16 year olds who are familiar with computing and programming)
• CyberFirst Advanced (Designed for 16 to 17 year olds to build upon the content of computer science A Level with an interest in computing and cybersecurity

Any questions please contact the team on 01926 333 200 or email

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Evaluating our Approach to Learning


For S1-S6 students

Please use the link below to allow you to complete the survey.

S1 to S3 will do this in their Learning, Thinking and Studying Skills class time.

S4 to S6 should get time to do this during PSE, but you are welcome to complete it at any time.

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. Your responses will help us to plan our development of learning of teaching for next session.

Borders College ‘Code Club’

Borders College is excited to announce a brand new ‘Code Club’, running from 3-6 April during the Easter break, for young people aged 12-14 years.
Full details on the course can be found on our website at

The Skills Scotland Trip Thursday 9th November.

Students are to meet in LZ3.

If leaving a class lesson 1 you do not need to leave the class any earlier than 9.15 am or 9.20 am if in the middle of a task.

The coach will return to school by lunchtime.

A copy of the list of those signed up is on the guidance door and on the google classrooms for S4-6 so students can check if they have forgotten whether they signed up.

Engineering the Future for Girls 18-22 June 2018

Engineering the Future for Girls @ the University of Strathclyde
18th-22nd June 2018

Please see below leaflet describing the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde’s 1 week Summer School for S3 girls (entering S4 in June).

Engineering the Future for Girls is being delivered in collaboration with BP and BAM Nuttall and is designed to engage girls in a wide range of engineering challenges that will inspire them to become the next generation of engineers. The summer school is fully-funded by BP and BAM Nuttall and student costs, including a contribution towards travel, will be covered. Strathclyde will accept applications from girls with any range of subject choices at National 5.

The summer school is non-residential and therefore pupils should be able to make their way each day to the University of Strathclyde campus in the heart of Glasgow City Centre. Teachers are not required to accompany pupils during the week.

Pupils should apply at using the online application form. The deadline for applications is 3 December 2017. A confirmation email is sent upon receipt of application. The selection panel will meet in January to review the applications received and all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 31 January 2018. An automated email is sent to teachers informing them of the application submitted and requesting a supporting statement. The supporting statement for each student should be submitted online using a designated link by 15 December 2017, for the application to be considered.

If you would like any further information on the Summer School then please email: