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16.07.12 Year 9 Trip to Bletchley Park


Dear Parent/Carer

Year 9 Bletchley Park

The Mathematics department would like to offer your son/daughter the opportunity to visit Bletchley Park. Bletchley Park is a country house where highly secret work deciphering intercepted German military radio messages was carried out during World War Two. Thousands of people were working there at the end of the war, including a number of early computer pioneers such as Alan Turing.

The nature and scale of the work has only emerged recently, with total secrecy having been observed by all the people involved. Throughout the war, Bletchley Park produced highly important strategic and tactical intelligence used by the Allies (Churchill's "golden eggs"), and it has been claimed that the war in Europe was probably shortened by two years as a result.

Pupils will be studying Codes and Ciphers after half term where we look at how mathematicians were key in finding solutions to the encrypted messages and the techniques they used.

Students will be out of school on Monday 16th July 2012 and will be supervised by members of the Mathematics department at all times. We will travel to Bletchley by coach, leaving school at 7.15am to arrive at 10.00am. During the day, pupils will be given a guided tour by staff at Bletchley Park and complete some activities based around codes and ciphers. They will also be given the opportunity to visit the gift shop. We shall leave Bletchley at 2.30pm and aim to arrive back at school at 5.00pm. Pupils will need to make their own arrangements for arriving to school early and leaving later.

Pupils will need to be in school uniform, including blazer. The cost of the trip will be £20.00. This includes transport and entry to Bletchley Park. Please ensure your son/daughter has a packed lunch and a drink (no glass bottles please), and if they wish, some spending money.

Please find enclosed a parental consent form that will need to be completed (your child will not be allowed to attend without a signed completed consent form) and returned with your payment of £20.00 (cheques made payable to Dereham Neatherd High School) to Mrs Lovelock in the payment collections area (outside Business 1) during morning break on any day except Wednesday between Monday 11th June and Tuesday 19th June 2012 in order that your child can take part in the above visit. Would you please ensure that you supply a contact number for that day on the form and please note that in the event of an emergency, the group can be contacted via the school on 01362 697981 or out of school hours on 07739 339121.

There are limited spaces on this trip and pupils will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments regarding the day.

Yours sincerely


Miss H Cordle
Mathematics Department

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