We are a hugely successful Department with results consistently above national averages, which our students take great pride in. The Computing/IT department continually reviews its curriculum content in order keep abreast with new developments that provide challenge, interest and enjoyment for our students. Our curriculum provides students with plenty of opportunity to show pride in their work, kindness to others and resilience when faced with challenging problems.
We are determined to give students the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to:
There are numerous teaching rooms with IT facilities, four of which are dedicated suites for the computing/IT department with up to 28 PCs in each room, with laptops also available to learners. Students have access to a wide range of software, from the Microsoft Office 2013 suite of programs to innovative developments such as ‘Komposer’ (website authoring software) and Greenfoot (educational software designed to make learning programming more accessible and fun). We have three Apple Mac Suites offering a ‘dual boot’ feature, which means they run both MacOS and Windows operating systems and allows for multipurpose use to support our students in achieving academic success.
The Department offers a ‘Computer Freetime Club’ every lunchtime and the IT rooms are available every day after school for students to complete homework or coursework from any subject. We also provide extra-curricular activities such as ‘Computing Club’.
Students begin by developing their ability to use email software, search the internet more effectively and stay safe online. Students learn about the history of computers, computer components and binary. They develop computational thinking skills and the ability to use logical reasoning to create algorithms. By the end of the year, students will have gained further experience of creating algorithms using graphical programming software.
Students continue to practise creating algorithms using text-based programming software to solve computational problems. Students use specialist applications to create graphics and construct web pages. They are also introduced to HTML to further develop their experience of how web pages are constructed. By the end of the year, students will have gained an understanding of a range of sorting algorithms and used their programming skills to create fun, interactive games.
From year 9 to 11 students can opt to follow one of the following paths:
For further information regarding the above courses, please look at the separate links which will provide course content, how the courses are assessed and what they can lead to.