The Computing and Business Studies department is committed to providing all students with an understanding of the role that Computer Science and ICT play in the modern world.
Through the provision of an engaging curriculum, a variety of teaching methods, and three well-equipped ICT suites we aim to instil passion for the subject in our pupils and belief in their own abilities to succeed. We also strive to demonstrate to our pupils that through dedicated and disciplined study each individual can fulfil their innate potential.
The following facilities are available:
- Three specialist ICT suites equipped with the latest technology
- Interactive Whiteboards in all classrooms
- Fast broadband internet access
- A Virtual Learning Environment that students can access from home or school
- A wide-range of industry standard software applications.
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3, pupils have 1 hour of discrete ICT lessons per week. All pupils in Year 7 are given a baseline assessment to allow us to establish their current capabilities and to identify any gaps in their IT knowledge. The curriculum is as follows:
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|7.1 Office Skills & E-Safety||8.1 Office Skills & E-Safety||9.1 Office Skills & E-Safety|
|7.2 Hardware, Software & Processing||8.2 Hardware, Software & Processing||9.2 Hardware, Software & Processing|
|7.3 Controlling & Sequencing||8.3 Python||9.3 Small Basic|
|7.4 Computer Game Design in Scratch||8.4 HTML & CSS||9.4 Python Next|
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 the department tries to cater for all pupils regardless of their abilities. We currently offer two GCSE courses and one GCSE equivalent. Pupils can choose from:
- GCSE Computer Science (WJEC)
- GCSE Business & Communication Systems (AQA)
- Certificate in Digital Applications (Edexcel)
For the GCSE Computer Science specification, please click HERE.
For the GCSE Business & Communication Systems specification, please click HERE.
For the Certificate in Digital Applications specification, please click HERE.
The ICT suites are available at lunchtimes for students to use to complete IT homework or coursework. Programming clubs for each year group are available at lunchtimes to extend understanding and application of the computer languages taught within each year group.
The department has three full time members of staff and a dedicated Learning Support Assistant.
- Mrs J. Walker (Head of ICT)
- Mr S. Gresty
- Mr L. Howe