ICT and Computing
We aim to prepare students for the technological world. No matter what they do, they will encounter technology personally, socially and within their career. Technology is fast changing and we aim for our students to be adaptors to this.
ICT is about being end-users of technology. Whether that is creatively with graphics, video or animations, developing solutions to work out problems, perhaps with spreadsheets or databases, or using ICT to present work. It is important students are confident users of technology and are able to use it to add value to their everyday life.
Computing is more behind the scenes. This means understanding how computer technology works. There is a growing demand for professionals who are able to write and debug computer programs or who are able to explain computer hardware. We aim to harness natural ability and flair to show the widening possibilities of what students might achieve in ever-changing digital world.
KS3 (Years 7-9)
At key stage 3 students follow the national curriculum for computing, which aims to equip students with computational thinking, develop understanding of how digital systems work and provide practical experience of writing computer programs.
We achieve this through projects that develop student ability to analyse and solve problems, develop logical thinking and understanding of hardware, and we balance this with exploring software to creatively present work.
Students can also opt to study computing further in year 9. These students will deepen their knowledge and experience of computing.
KS4 (Years 10-11)
At key stage 4, students can opt to take GCSE Creative iMedia or GCSE Computer Science.
Creative iMedia - lets learners gain knowledge in a number of key areas in the media field, from pre-production skills to digital animation, and offers a hands on approach to learning. The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will also provide opportunities to develop useful transferable skills such as research, planning and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively.
Students will be assessed via a combination of coursework and external examinations.
GCSE Computer Science – students will gain practical experience of designing, writing and testing computer programs, develop the ability to reason, explain and evaluate computing solutions, and develop awareness of current and emerging trends.
Students complete controlled assessment work in lessons (worth 25%) and study for an end of course examination (worth 75%).