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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 Computing

    The course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. Students will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology from their other subjects and elsewhere. However, this course will give them an insight into what goes on 'behind the scenes', including computer programming, which many students find absorbing.

    The course is broken down into three units:

    1. Unit A451 (40% of the course): Computer systems and programming: This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the examination will be based.
    2. Unit A452 (30% of the course): Practical investigation: An investigative computing task, chosen from a list provided by OCR, Controlled assessment which assesses the following: research, technical understanding, analysis of problem, historical perspective, use of technical writing skills, recommendations/evaluation.
    3. Unit A453 (30% of the course): Programming Project. Students will need to:
      • Understand standard programming techniques
      • Be able to design a coded solution to a problem including the ability to:
        • Develop suitable algorithms
        • Design suitable input and output formats
        • Identify suitable variables and structures
        • Identify test procedures
      • Create a coded solution fully annotating the developed code to explain its function
      • Test their solution:
        • To show functionality
        • To show how it matches the design criteria
        • Identifying successes and any limitations.

    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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Key Stage 5

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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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