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.

In year, 10 students can opt to choose either BTEC Technical award in Creative Media Production or OCR Computer Science at GCSE. Students are currently studying the AQA ICT GCSE, which is assessed through two controlled assessments worth 60%, and a final exam, worth 40% of the final subject grade, or the OCR Computer Science GCSE, which is assessed through 2 written exams worth 40% each, and a NEA project worth 20%. Languages taught include Python, SQL , Javascript 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.  In the lower school students can get a hands on experience of programming using Crumble kits to create products such as buggies and cars.

 

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.

Last year students from year 8 took part in, and won, the Farraday challenge, a coding challenge involving programming the BBC MicroBit for the second year in a row . The school year 9 STEM team also took part in and came second in the Longitude Explorer prize hosted by Nesta and IBM worth £1000.