The Computing Department
In today’s technology-focused world, most of the pupils have already developed excellent ICT skills and are fully competent in the topics covered under the previous ICT curriculum. Computing offers pupils greater opportunity to be creative and use logical thinking skills that would not apply when teaching the standard ICT curriculum.
Key Stage 3
In years 7 and 8, students are taught in their form group. Students will cover a range of topics to meet the requirements of the national curriculum for Computing, and to prepare students for the GCSE Computer Science option. Examples of topics covered in Key Stage 3 include; digital literacy, computer systems, basic programming, cyber security and e-safety.
Key Stage 4
Students will be able to choose to study GCSE Computer Science as an option. We follow the AQA exam board specification 8520. In this GCSE, students will be taught how to create basic programs using the popular text-based programming language Java. Students will also learn a range of theory topics such as computer networking, data representation and cyber security.
Key Stage 5
Students entering the Sixth Form can choose to study A-level Computer Science. We follow the OCR exam board specification H446. The course allows students to undertake in-depth studies of a wider range of Computer Science topics, including advanced programming. The course will prepare students for Computer Science at degree level.
All lessons take place in one of the school’s computer suites. The computers run windows 10 with a range of software, including programming IDEs and Microsoft Office. The department is always looking at new technological advances and bringing in these where they improve the learning experience.
Beyond The Curriculum
The department offers a variety of extra-curricular activities to students. Activities out of lesson time vary depending upon student interest and current trends. Programming clubs are frequently offered, including the opportunity to work with robot kits such as Lego Mindstorm. Where possible, the department also looks to offer curriculum related trips.