Information Technology & Computer Sciences

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Office skills: word processing, desktop publishing, graphical presentations, spreadsheets and databases. Computer Science: Data control, coding and pseudo code, algorithms and flow charting, Python & Java script software.  Web development, animation and image editing. Health & safety, E-safety and legislation are also covered. The use of ICT in society is discussed along with the effects of social media and internet safety.

Key Stage 4

WJEC GCSE ICT is offered as well as Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science for the more mathematically minded students.

Key Stage 5

A level Computer Science piloted from September 2015 for interested students. ECDL, The European Computer Driving Licence, is also offered to students, staff and parents if a qualification is sought outside of timetabled lessons.

Co-Curriculum

There is a programming and coding club available to students as well as a GCSE support club. Computer Club for Girls (CC4G) is also offered. Students are encouraged to attend extra sessions and use the computer suite during lunchtimes and after school to develop their ICT skills and for research and study across the school curriculum. There are opportunities to take part in co-curricular activities including App Development, Coding Club and Touch Typing.

There is an Information and Communication Technology trip to the History of Computing Museum in Cambridge and also to Disneyland Paris.

Departmental Achievements

In 2015, 100% of students achieved A*B grades in GCSE Computer Science; 73% of students achieved A*-B grades in GCSE ICT; 71% of students achieved A*-B grades at A Level Applied ICT.

Head of Department

Mr C Guy BSc(Exeter) GTP (Soton) NPQSL (Director of Learning and Teaching)