2019 Girls Competition rules

  • All team members must be female and in Year 8 in England and Wales, S2 in Scotland and Year 9 in Northern Ireland and be attending a UK-based school.

  • UK Military schools based overseas and teams of home-schooled girls of the appropriate age are eligible to enter.

  • The registered teams must complete the online round between 21st January and 28th January 2019.

  • Students should not receive any outside assistance in completing the online round. The Team Guardian is in place to guide and mentor the team and must not participate in the competition.

  • Teacher teams are not permitted and will be disabled when found.

  • No offensive or unethical activity is permitted throughout both phases of the competition. Evidence of this and the team or school will be disqualified.

  • Teams should not share or post answers to any of the online Challenges.

  • Your school must be prepared to attend the Grand Final in Scotland on the 24th /25th March 2019. See Important points for teams attending the Grand Final below.

  • The top 10 teams from the online round will be invited to the Grand Final.

  • In the event of a tie for 10th place, NCSC will analyse the ‘challenges’ data before deciding which school will go forward.

  • The team members that qualified in the online competition need to be the same team members that attend the Grand Final (see below).

  • In the event of more than one team from a school achieving a score in the top ten, only the team with the highest score from that school will be eligible for the final.

  • NCSC’s decision is final on any aspect of the competition.

Important points for teams attending the Grand Final

  • All successful teams must be prepared to arrive in Scotland on the afternoon of Sunday 24th March to attend an evening reception and dinner.

  • Team travel to and from the Grand Final should be organised by the school. Travel costs may be reclaimed from NCSC only when accompanied by a valid receipt / invoice.

  • Hotel accommodation and food for the duration of the Grand Final for the four students and Team Guardian will be organised and paid for by NCSC.

  • Emergency changes to the team may be considered providing they are submitted to the Girls Competition team 72 hours prior to the final.

The NCSC reserve the right to disqualify any teams found to be breaking the rules.