At Key Stage 3 students follow a scheme of work based on a combination of Computing and IT. The department has full resources both paper based and online to support the course. Throughout year 7, 8 and 9 the focus is on foundation GCSE and preparing the students with the key skills required for GCSE Computing.
From Year 7, the students are introduced to programming techniques, different programming languages and provided with opportunities to see how computer technology works. At KS4 GCSE Computing is an option. This course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. The course gives them an insight to what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many of our students who take this find absorbing. By studying this course students develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills.
In addition to the above the students are taught how to use computers safely and to have a good understanding of digital literacy.
In Year 12 and 13 students can continue studying computing or IT.
BTEC Level 3 IT is offered in sixth form in which a hands on approach is taken to IT.
A level Computer Science is also offered for students who wish to deepen their knowledge of computer systems and programming techniques.
ICT Clubs are run throughout the year after school. The ICT rooms are regularly used by other staff and students for work.
The department is well resourced, with four fully equipped discreet ICT Teaching areas. Each of these classrooms contains reliable and sound computers, printers and electronic whiteboards or plasma screens. Each room has full access to the internet. In addition, there are PODS of computers around the school in areas such as Careers, The Resource Centre, Science, Technology and Art.