The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of computing an essential skill for life. Computing encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment.
All our students study computing at Key Stage 3 with one lesson every week. Students will develop skills in finding, developing, analysing and presenting information, as well as learn how to model situations and solve problems. Learning how to program is an essential part of work in both KS3 and KS4, which in turn builds upon their logical thinking skills.
Our aim is for students to explore how technology can act as a powerful force for change in modern society and students are encouraged to develop an understanding of the social, ethical, legal and economic implications of its use, including how to be a responsible online user.
We currently have five computing suites, each with enough computers for every student in the class to work independently, with certain rooms having additional Apple Mac computers. The two main computing suites are mainly used for lessons in computing with the others used for Design and Technology, Ccience, PE and Business Studies.
We also have smaller computing facilities linked to Learning Support Services, Food Technology, Art & Design, Music and the Library. A wireless network is provided for use with portable devices across many areas of the school.
Computing facilities are available for supervised student use every lunchtime and after school and the computing technicians and teachers provide regular support for any computing-based problem.
Key Stage 4 Options
- GCSE Computer Science (OCR)
- Cambridge National Creative iMedia L2 Certificate (OCR) - equivalent to GCSE