Mrs L Smith (Head of Department)
Miss K Jordan (Part-Time)
Miss A M E Martin
Miss Z Robinson (C2K Administrator and System Support Officer)
It is our aim to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to learning, with, through and about the use of digital and online technologies. By providing pupils with knowledge of ICT and related skills we aim to improve their capacity for both independent and collaborative learning and enhance their employability.
ICT is used throughout all subjects in the school and our main focus in junior school classes is to ensure that pupils have the necessary basic skills to enhance their learning throughout the curriculum.
Senior School pupils have the option to further their knowledge and understanding of ICT through the study at GCSE Digital Technology or Computer Science and A Level Computer Science.
We have three fully networked classrooms with twenty pupil workstations and one teacher workstation in each room. Rooms are equipped with the latest Windows PC’s and peripherals such as laser printers, scanners, camcorders.
As well as these facilities A Level pupils have the option to use their own laptop equipment during their study periods which can be connect to the C2K Network using the wireless routers provided by C2K.
In Year 8 ICT is delivered in two periods per week. Pupils follow a programme of study to enhance their skills in Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases and Multimedia.
E-safety is also a key aspect of the work carried out.
In Years 9 ICT is delivered in one period per week and pupils concentrate on enhancing their skills with Databases as well as having the opportunity to explore some more creative uses of multimedia using PowerPoint and Photoshop.
The Year 10 program is also delivered in one period per week with the emphasis on helping pupils to prepare for GCSE. Topics covered range from further study of Spreadsheets, and learning more about programming using Scratch and when time permits Visual Basic.
Department Staff also run an after school Code Club which meets one afternoon a week during term time. Pupils have the opportunity to look at a variety of options to learn how to code and make use of equipment such as raspberry pies, makey makey circuit boards and online learning environments.
In Years 11, pupils can choose to take the CCEA GCSE Digital Technology or AQA Computer Science specification as an optional subject.
Details of the syllabus followed can be found in CCEA microsite for Digital Technology and AQA website for Computer Science.
The Digital Technology courses allow pupils to explore a range of practical application packages. Computer Science develops programming skills. Both courses teach the basic theory that underpins the use and development of Computer Systems.
In Sixth Form we offer:
GCE Computer Science
We currently use AQA examination board syllabus for this course. This course will prepare pupils to study Software Engineer or other Computer related disciplines at any University.
Pupils will be encouraged to develop their programming skills to a very high level as well as learning a great deal about many technical aspects of Computer Systems and Networks interact.
Some of the careers available to pupils wishing to Study Computer Science include Systems Development, Website Design, Software Engineering, Games Design.
Further information about the syllabus used can be found on the AQA website.
No homework set for Years 8 to 10.
One hour per week to include written work, completion of classwork or practice for practical work.
Two/three hours per week. Includes written homework, preparation for new topics, investigations and practical work.