CyberFirst Schools / Colleges

CyberFirst Schools / Colleges Programme

The CyberFirst Schools/Colleges initiative from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) certifies schools and Further Education Colleges committed to developing young people’s cyber skills.

Learn what Schools and Colleges think about CyberFirst including St. Patricks School in Northern Ireland.

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Those schools/colleges that meet all the judging criteria are awarded Gold status – for delivering excellence in cybersecurity education, Silver schools are certified for offering good standards and meeting most of the criteria and Bronze for schools aiming towards high standards.

Successful schools receive a range of benefits, including official recognition from the NCSC and opportunities to collaborate on cyber-related activities with more than 130 CyberFirst partner organisations from industries as varied as banking, telecoms and transport.

Find out more about the programme and how to apply here:

NI CyberFirst Accredited Schools & Colleges


  • Ballyclare High School
  • Movilla High School
  • South West College 
  • St Patrick's College, Dungannon
  • St Ronan's College 
  • The Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI)


  • Ballycastle High School
  • Bangor Grammar School 
  • Belfast Boys' Model School 
  • Belfast Metropolitan College 
  • Castlederg High School 
  • Dromore High School 
  • Down High School, Downpatrick
  • Foyle College
  • Knockevin Special School, Downpatrick 
  • Mercy College Belfast 
  • Our Ladys Grammar School, Newry
  • South Eastern Regional College, Co. Down
  • Southern Regional College
  • Strathearn School 
  • St Malachy's College 
  • Thornhill  
  • Wallace High School 


  • Antrim Grammar School 
  • Ballymena Academy 
  • Bloomfield Collegiate 
  • Dalriada School, Ballymoney 
  • Erne Integrated College 
  • Parkhill Integrated College, Antrim
  • Shimna Integrated College 
  • St Louise's Comprehensive College 

Meet the CyberFirst Ambassadors

Learn about the work of NI's CyberFirst Ambassadors and how they're inspiring young people interested in cyber security: CyberFirst Schools and Colleges | Current CyberFirst Schools and Colleges

Today's students are tomorrow's experts