Computer Science / ICT Overview


Head of Faculty: Mrs B. Newbold

A central theme in our ongoing growth as a school is our relationship with our community, both locally and globally. The composition of this faculty reflects these ambitions bringing Music, Physical Education and Computer Science together, all of whom are at the forefront of our relationship with the world outside our tight-knit community. We work closely with the British Council to develop links with schools in other countries. These enrich our curriculum and that of our partner schools, broaden the future horizons of our students and provide life changing opportunities.

Our current menu includes Music performances to public audiences at local music festivals and events on a very regular basis, Geography fieldwork in Iceland, Art curriculum projects with our partners in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine and we are currently planning an exchange visit with our partners in central China. Whilst this work is in its infancy it will be at the heart of our school’s future development as part of an international learning community.

The subjects occupy around one fifth of the lower school curriculum. The Faculty offers a range of subjects for qualification at 16, which include GCSEs in Computer Science, Music and Physical Education alongside BTECs in Business, Dance and Creative iMedia. At Advanced Level the offer is focused around preparation for future working life within the business sector and creative industries, with Advanced Level Business and Music and Advanced BTECs in Creative iMedia and Music Technology.

  • Year 7 IT & Computing Overview

    Students will be introduced to the difference between ICT and Computer Science. All students will be able to develop their ever-growing knowledge of ICT, whilst also starting to understand not only how a computer operates, but the fundamentals of coding

  • Year 8 IT & Computing Overview

    Students will continue to be taught both the ICT and Computing curriculums. They will be using a wide variety of software whilst developing their computational thinking skills.

  • Year 9 IT & Computing Overview

    Students are provided with an opportunity to experience ICT learning prior to their potential option choices. Students will use their creativity over a series of projects to ensure that they fully understand what is required from them in years 10 and 11. The aim of Year 9 Computer Science is to adequately prepare students for GCSE Computer Science should they wish to take the subject. A wide range of theory and programming will be covered over the year.

  • Year 10 & 11 Cambridge National Creative iMedia overview

    Students will develop their ICT skills in a creative way. Students will review, plan, create and evaluate a variety of different products. They will understand the importance of working for a client and will develop their skills to create professional products.

  • Year 10 & 11 Computer Science Overview

    Students gain a deep understanding of how and why computer systems work. Studying the practical aspects of computer science in the form of text based coding in Python. Also, students study, in-depth theory units throughout the two years covering a wide range of units as detailed below.

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