6 September 2019
I wanted to take this opportunity to give you an update on the current status of the school’s IT network.
As you will be aware, on the 2 July the Giles Academy was victim to a malicious, criminal cyber attack. While some progress was made in the week immediately following this, we were hit again by a further attack just a few days later. The purpose of these attacks has been to cause maximum disruption and attempt to extort money from the school by preventing access to various aspects of the school’s data.
In the time since the attacks we have been working very closely with a number of partners to work towards a recovery which is sustainable. This has involved rebuilding the network from scratch and introducing many new aspects to raise our security levels. I can assure you that we are making significant progress each day but much of this will inevitably be behind the scenes. Our aim is to arrive at a resolution as soon as possible but to do this in a measured manner which does not leave us vulnerable.
We have informed, and been working alongside, the Police and the National Cyber Security Centre as well as other specialists to move forward. We have also informed all of the relevant authorities, including examination awarding bodies, about this attack and the disruption it has caused.
I am aware that there are some concerns that all of the work done by students has been “lost” in this attack. I can assure you that this is not the case. However, until we have a system which is robust and has been tested, we are not yet in a position to restore access for students to their files. However, as I have said, we do want to do this as soon as practically possible.
I would like to thank the whole school community; staff, students and parents/carers for their patience and continuing understanding while this necessary work continues.
Welcome to Giles Academy
Giles Academy is a popular, non-selective secondary school for students aged 11-19 situated in Old Leake, a small rural village to the north of Boston. Students travel to the school from a very wide area.
The school has a large site with dedicated areas for each subject, including science laboratories, arts studios and gallery spaces, technology workshops, computer suites and our own 25m swimming pool – to name just a few.
We aim to provide the very best possible educational experience for every single one of our students.
We all work hard to provide this through:
• a wide range of opportunities for students to learn in a safe, supportive, creative, happy environment
• having the very highest expectations of the entire school community in everything that we do
• working together with others inside and outside the school to meet our aims.
In addition to academic success, we also place extremely high value on the development of character; responsibility, ambition, honesty, confidence, compassion and courage. This is done via a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities including sports, performing arts as well as many others. We are committed to the benefits which can be gained from outdoor education. All students work towards the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Ian Widdows, Headteacher