Department Aims

To develop learners with the confidence to use a range of software tools and show a high standard of digital literacy with a range of transferable skills. We aim to develop an interest in computer science and give pupils an experience of a range of ICT and computing activities at Key Stage 3 in order for them to make an informed choice about options at Key Stage 4

Programmes of Study

KS3 - Computing

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9 - IT

Foundation year preparation for BTEC/ AQA technicals.

Planning, and creating a range digital products using a range of software tools.

Focus on main areas of:

Investigating the online world:

Year 9 - Computer Science

Foundation year preparation for AQA GCSE .

Year 10/11 - ICT

Using a range of software tools to create digital artefacts

Looking at developments in ICT and how this has affected society

Studying a range of theoretical concepts related to ICT these include:

Year 10/11 ECDL

Practical Skills using Office Software four units:

Year 10 - Computer Science (New Specification (9 to 1 grading) - AQA 8520)

Theoretical Concepts - 40% of final grade assessed via written exam covering the following topics:

Computational thinking 40% final grade assessed via written exam

Computational thinking, problem solving, code tracing and applied computing as well as theoretical knowledge of computer science from subject content below:

Non-examined element 20% of final grade assessed practical project

Year 11 - Computer Science (Legacy Specification (A* to G grading) - AQA 4512)

Practical programming - two controlled assessments equal to 60% of final grade

Each student should complete two tasks from a choice of four.

Working independently students demonstrate their ability to code a solution to a given problem.

Written assessment 40% of final grade

Studying a range of theoretical concepts related to computer science

Expectations/Approaches/Policies

Pupil will take part in a range of activities incorporating collaborative work, independent work, research and practical skills building

When working on practical skills pupils are encouraged to take risks and find solutions to a range of computing and ICT related problems

We have high standards of behaviour and expect pupils to respect the equipment in the ICT rooms and to adhere to the schools Acceptable Use Policy.

Marking and Assessment

Please access the link to our current Assessment Policy.

Exams taken

GCSE Computing (AQA)

GCSE ICT (Edexcel)

ECDL (BCS)

Staff list

Mrs J O’Connor - Curriculum Leader for Computing

Mr G Hollowell - Teacher of Computing and Creative Media

Mr A Miller - Teacher of Computing and Creative Media

Mrs S Weldon - Teacher of Creative Media and Health and Social Care

Extra-curricular activities

Computer rooms available for coursework catch up.

Computer coding club (subject to staff availability)

How parents can support their children

Encourage use of computers to develop confidence when using a range of software.

Discuss safety issues and share strategies for staying safe online.

Discuss progress with units of work and encourage children to find out more about the topics they are covering.

Encourage use of programming software​

Python - access the download and tutorial here

Scratch - access the tutorial here

HTML - access the tutorial here 

Revision Websites include: BBC BitesizeCambridge GCSE Computing and Teach ICT.