Curriculum

Computing and IT

IT

Rationale

The Faculty aims to provide our students with a wide ranging and balanced Computing and IT experience required for examination success and life after school.

Accommodation and Resources

Our school is superbly equipped with more than 450 workstations on a local network within the school. Currently we have 400 fixed workstations (computers), 20 netbooks, 50 laptops housed on trolleys with wireless connection, video conferencing facilities, digital cameras, music workstations and projection facilities. Our 8 main computer rooms have interactive whiteboards as do all classrooms throughout the school. All workstations have Broadband Internet access, and students are able to logon and gain access to their work in all areas of the school and use a wide variety of software.

Our 8 main Computer Rooms have 28-32 computers in each and these are used mainly for discrete IT lessons. There are also clusters located within Maths, Graphics, Art, Music, Learning Support and the School Library. We have an ICT support team of four experienced individuals.The remaining computers are available in classrooms across the school and all computers have either a laser or a colour printer available to them.

Every computer is capable of supporting a number of ‘Integrated Learning Packages’, such as ‘Sam Learning’ and ‘MyMaths’. These allow the learners to progress at their own pace and their own level.

Students have access to Google Suite which enables them to have 24/7 access to their learning.

Some of the other facilities available allow students and staff to:

  • Use of the Google Suite of online applications
  • Print in colour, laserjet b/w and laser colour.
  • Use scanners in many areas.
  • Produce pictures using the digital cameras.
  • Create videos using flip cameras
  • Have fast internet access at every workstation.
  • Use careers and revision software.
Key Stage 3

In years 7, 8 and 9 Computing is delivered in one 50 minute discrete lesson. Students learn a mix of digital literacy and computing, covering a range of topics including website design, computer systems, basic coding and use of proprietary programmes.  The topics are heavily influenced by the latest thinking about computer science and are updated regularly.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 we offer two courses. The first is a GCSE in Computer Science, this is a mixture of computer science theory and computing programming. Students studying this specification will learn how to create applications that could run on mobile devices or operate in a web enabled environment. They will be able to create interactive web-based applications as opposed to just being end users of these.

The alternative course is CIDA, Certificate in Digital Applications. Students studying this specification learn all about digital content and web design, the course is 75% coursework and 25% online exam.

Key Stage 5

We offer BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in IT at Sixth Form and it is a popular option. Subjects include IT systems, database design, social media for business and web design.

We will be offering A Level Computing from September 2018.

Extra-curricular Activities

Students often enjoy getting involved with Computing outside of lessons too and we run many sessions including:

  • Digital leadership programme
  • ICT and Computer Science booster sessions – staff are available throughout the week to support Key Stage 4 students to reach their maximum potential
  • Digital leaders club.  Our digital leaders run clubs including: Kodu club, Scratch programming and Raspberry Pi club