WHAT WE DO
Our department aims to equip our students with the skills they need in the real world. These are not just ICT skills but also problem solving and computational thinking skills. The Key Stage 3 curriculum follows a variety of engaging topics from cyber security, understanding computers, binary calculations, as well as the ethical, legal and moral implications of computers. We also complete projects using database, presentation, web design and animation software. Students are introduced to some simple programming tools in Year 7 and their skills are built upon to complete text based coding, with Python, by Year 9. We follow the OCR Computer Science course at GCSE and A-level and have a good number of students that choose to study this.
Every year we run the Bebras Computational Thinking competition for all Computer Scientists and have seen some excellent results. We also launched the Cyber First Girl’s Competition in 2019. Outside of lessons, students enjoy coming to Coding Club, where they can interact with micro:bits, program the Oh Bot or try out some new coding skills. GCSE IDLE Hour runs for our Key Stage 4 students to give them some additional support with their studies.