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 OCR Cambridge Nationals Information Technologies.

Theoretical elements

Practical Skills


Year 9 - Computer Science

Foundation year preparation for AQA GCSE .


11 – ICT (Legacy qualification GCSE ICT 2IT01)

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:


This a legacy course which will be examined for the final time in May 2018


Year 11 ECDL (Legacy qualification)

Practical Skills using Office Software four units:

This is a legacy course which will run for the final time in 2017/18


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


Year 10/11

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

Computational thinking 40% final grade assessed via written exam


Non-examined element 20% of final grade assessed practical project to take place in the Autumn term of Year 11 – this is sued to assess programming skills and problem solving skills



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 8520)

20% of final grade from NEA  - this is a programing project which takes place in the Autumn terms of year 11

40% of final grade from Paper 1: Computational thinking and problem solving

40% of final grade from Paper 2 – Theoretical knowledge


GCSE ICT (Edexcel 2IT01 – 2018 only)

60% of final grade from Controlled assessment – completed in Year 10

40% of final grade from written exam taking place in May 2018 for the last time



4 practical assessments done during lesson time to assess skills in the following areas:


OCR Cambridge Nationals Information Technologies Level 1/2 Certificate - J808

Written Exam taken in the summer term on Year 10 covering the following theoretical elements –this is worth 50% of final mark

Practical project to be completed in the summer term of year 10 and throughout year 11 – in order to complete this project pupils must be able to:


Revision Guides


AQA Computer Science

All pupils have a copy of revision guide and workbook which they use in lessons


Cambridge Nationals Information Technologies – awaiting publication of revision guides and  workbooks


Staff list

Mrs J O’Connor - Curriculum Leader for Computing

Mr G Hollowell - Teacher of Computing

Mr A Miller - Teacher of Computing


Extra-curricular activities

Computer rooms available for coursework catch up.

Computer coding club (subject to staff availability)

Warhammer club


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