Information & Communications Technology

The department comprises two experienced members of staff. The department aims to ensure that all our students:

  1. Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science.
  2. Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
  3. Can evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems.
  4. Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

Courses

All KS3 students follow the new Computing curriculum. Students are taught in mixed ability groups in dedicated computer rooms.  There is an emphasis on computational thinking and students will have the opportunity to plan code and test their own programs using programs such as Scratch and languages such as Python. Last year students from year 7 took part in, and won, the Farraday challenge, a coding challenge involving programming the BBC MicroBit.

At KS4, students can opt to choose either ICT or Computing at GCSE. Students can study the AQA ICT GCSE which is assessed through two controlled assessments worth 60% and a final exam which is worth 40% of the final subject grade, or the OCR Computer Science GCSE. Next year the school will begin to run a successor qualification to GCSE ICT which will come to an end in 2017. Languages studied at KS4 Computing include Python, SQL and Assembly language.

Resources

All students are taught in two dedicated air conditioned suites which have the latest versions of Windows and Office installed along with programs such as Scratch, Audacity and Python. Students also make use of Edmodo social learning platform for sharing resources and submitting work.

Extra-Curricular

There is an ICT Club every school day during the lunch hour. Pupils can use this time to do private study, research or simply catch up with news.