Jonathan cracks the clues to success

AN inquisitive Morpeth teenager has collected his winnings after success in an international competition.

King Edward VI School student Jonathan Winfield entered the Cipher Challenge, which was run by the Department of Mathematics at the University of Southampton, after a little encouragement from his Head of Maths Glyn Evans.

He faced fierce competition, with teams as far afield as Japan and Australia entering.

The challenge was called Tempest, which focused largely on the code-breaking of intercepted letters and notes to unearth the Tempest Conspiracy.

The Year 10 pupil reached round seven of the competition and earned himself a £25 prize.

However, money was not all that Jonathan gained. He has been given the chance to visit Bletchley Park, a code-breaking centre used to help intercept encrypted enemy messages in the Second World War.

Mr Evans said: “Competitions like this give you extra credit that makes you stand out from the crowd.

“As well as the money and the chance to visit Bletchley Park, Jonathan learned how to deal with a problem logically, a very useful skill.”

Jonathan added: “Taking part in the competition has made me a lot more confident, especially in maths.”

He will have another crack at the challenge next year and Mr Evans would like to get together a school team to take part in future ciphering competitions.