GCHQ National Language Competition

Dear parents/guardians,


GCHQ, one of the UK’s intelligence agencies, is running a National Language Competition from 7-11 November 2022 aimed at Year 9 students from across the UK. Over the course of five days, teams of 4 will score points by tackling a variety of fun, language-themed challenges hosted on an online platform.

All year 9 students will be able to take part, no prior knowledge is required, only a keenness for languages. Competitors will tackle a range of language-related puzzles, ranging from easy to difficult. They will encounter European languages, languages less commonly taught in schools and even made-up languages! Over a period of five days, students will capture flags to earn points on their language journey. Points will be totalled up and generate rankings on a national leader-board. The team with the most points nationally at the end of the week wins and will be invited to GCHQ’s Headquarters in Cheltenham to receive a trophy from GCHQ Director, Sir Jeremy Fleming!

If your child would like to compete, we will be promoting this event further in class and asking them to assemble a team by the end of this week.


We hope that many of our students will represent our school in this challenge, and of course their participation will be rewarded.

What is GCHQ?
GCHQ is one of the three UK Intelligence and Security Agencies, along with MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).
GCHQ protects the UK and its citizens from individuals, groups and countries who wish to do us harm, or damage us financially. GCHQ intelligence keeps our deployed forces safe and helps law-enforcement agencies to prevent terrorist activity and serious and organised crime.