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ICTInformation Communication Technology (ICT) & Computing are of huge importance in today's fast paced world. It is essential that students are able to grasp digital concepts and utilise all manner of technology to prepare them for the modern workplace or a career in Computing.

Subjects covered by Computing

Computing collectively includes other subject areas. Please follow the links below to find out more about each subject.

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Facilities

We have five dedicated classrooms, each with 30 networked computers, including filtered Internet access and laser printers. Our software is all industry standard and up-to-date.

Students have access to digital cameras, digital video cameras and headsets with microphones.

All classrooms are complete with data projectors.

We also use a set of Raspberry Pi computers that are used either in class or in our popular lunchtime Code Clubs.

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Key Stage 3

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  • Year 7

    Using computers safely, effectively and responsibly. Computer graphics. Games Programming in Scratch. Animation using Flash. App Development. First steps in Small Basic.

  • Year 8

    Computer crime and cyber security. Sound editing in Audacity. Understanding Computers. Introduction to Python. Creating a video. HTML and Website Development.

  • Year 9

    Python: Next steps. Computer Networks. Programming with GameMaker. Database Development. Microsoft Office Specialist: PowerPoint. Modelling in Small Basic.

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Key Stage 4

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  • Year 10 Year 11

    OCR GCSE Computer Science (J276)

    This qualification counts towards the English Baccalaureate (EBacc).

    OCR's GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science will encourage learners to:

    • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation
    • Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs
    • Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
    • Understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
    • Understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
    • Apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science

    The course is made up of three components, two being theory based and one a practical, programming project:

    1. Component 1 – Computer Systems (50%) 1hr 30min exam:
      • Systems Architecture
      • Memory
      • Storage
      • Wired and wireless networks
      • Network topologies, protocols and layers
      • System security
      • System software
      • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
    2. Component 2 - Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (50%) 1hr 30min exam:
      • Algorithms
      • Programming techniques
      • Producing robust programs
      • Computational logic
      • Translators and facilities of languages
      • Data representation
    3. Component 3 - Programming Project (20 hours in class): This component doesn't count towards the overall qualification, but is a formal requirement and consolidates the learning across the specification through practical activity:
      • Programming techniques
      • Analysis
      • Design
      • Development
      • Testing and evaluation and conclusions

    Edexcel GCSE in ICT

    This course offers students an academic ICT qualification. It's broken down between one exam (40%) and four controlled assessment activities (60%).

    • Unit 1: Living in a Digital World (exam theory): In this unit, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move). They develop an awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.
    • Unit 2: Using Digital Tools (controlled assessment): This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

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  • Year 12 Year 13

    OCR Computing, AS and A2 Level GCE

    Offered as an option in years 12 and 13, five lessons per week, comprising one coursework unit and three exams.

    The aim of the course is to develop an understanding of the organisation of a computer system (including hardware, software, data, communications and people), the greater consequences of using computers (including social, legal and ethical issues) and to be able to apply the understanding and knowledge to solve a range of problems through discussion, reports, programming and using existing software.

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Teaching staff

  • Cocking, Adam
  • Hawksworth, Adrian
  • Pickles, Kevin
  • Potts, Richard (Head of Faculty)

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Websites to help students learn about Computing

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Subjects covered by Computing

Computing collectively includes other subject areas. Please follow the links below to find out more about each subject.

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