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.

Four schools and one college in NI have to date received awards ranging from Bronze to Gold, and new applications are being sought before the deadline of 18th June 2021. 

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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:

Applications for the CyberFirst programme must be submitted by 18th June 2021. 

NI CyberFirst Accredited Schools & Colleges

  • Saint Ronan’s College, Lurgan - Gold
  • South Eastern Regional College  - Silver
  • St Patrick’s College Dungannon - Silver
  • Dalriada School, Ballymoney - Bronze
  • Knockevin Special School, Downpatrick - Bronze

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