Aims

Staff


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)

Aims


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 and A Level ICT or Computer Science.

Facilities


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. 

KS3

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.

GCSE

In Years 11 and 12, pupils can choose to take the CCEA GCSE ICT specification as an optional subject.

Details of the syllabus followed can be found in CCEA microsite for ICT.

The course allow pupils to explore a range of practical application packages as well as develop some programming skills and learn the basic theory that underpins many aspects of ICT. 

GCE

In Sixth Form we offer two different courses:

GCE A Level ICT


We currently use AQA examination board syllabus for this course. It is mainly aimed at those who want to enhance their understanding of how ICT fits into the broader context of a business. Consequently the practical aspects of this course concentrate on developing enhanced skills using applications packages such as Spreadsheets and Databases.

Careers for those who study this A Level are very diverse and include any career that will require an understanding of how ICT systems are used, managed and deployed to help a wide range of Clients and Users of ICT.

Further information about the syllabus used can be found on the AQA website.

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.

Homework

Years 8-10


No homework set for Years 8 to 10.

Years 11-12 


One hour per week to include written work, completion of classwork or practice for practical work.

Years 13-14 


Two/three hours per week. Includes written homework, preparation for new topics, investigations and practical work.