At Key Stage 3, students follow a scheme of work based on a combination of Computer Science and ICT. The department is well-resourced, and students will complete tasks in a variety of ways; electronically, unplugged, and via the Future Classroom.
From Year 7, the students are challenged with problem solving and logical thinking promoting students to become computational thinkers who can analysis problems before choosing a suitable solution. One of our many tools that enable us to achieve this is programming. Students will be exposed to a range of programming languages and provided with opportunities to explore how computer technology works.
Throughout out the scheme of work, students are taught about e-safety incorporating the dangers that exist online and in Year 9 students explore the laws that impact our use of technology. We strive to ensure all students have good levels of digital literacy and a solid foundation of Computing skills to enable them to continue to be confident as they explore the wider and ever-changing technological world.
At KS4, GCSE Computing is an option. This course allows students to build on the foundation of knowledge developed at Key Stage 3. Not only do we explore programming in greater depth, but students also get opportunities to develop a true understanding of how computer systems operate including the Fetch, Decode and Execute cycle and the use of Binary.
At Shaftesbury School, we also offer a BTEC Digital Information Technology course which focuses less on how our Technology works and more on the how to use technology in business scenarios. This is a project-based course incorporating projects such as generating and presenting data and designing Digital Information Points.
In Year 12 and 13, students can choose to enhance the skills they have already developed with Computer Science which is often greatly beneficial to students who choose to opt for university. The A-Level Computer Science course supports students that wish to deepen their knowledge of computer systems and programming techniques.
Again, we offer a BTEC Level 3 IT which incorporates social media projects and website development.
Computing clubs, challenges and competitions are run throughout the year after school. The Computing Labs are extensively used by other staff and students for work.
Students have access to over 200 Computers. Included in this provision we have a high-spec A-Level mini-lab, Future Classroom, and a range of Raspberry pi development kits. We strive as a school to invest and engage in technology where we can see a clear impact on supporting the progress of our students.