Our ICT department aims to equip students with the skills and tools to confidently use computers creatively and productively, which in turn can be transferred across the curriculum and be called upon in everyday life.
Teaching takes place in our four dedicated computer rooms which are equipped with desktop computers and are connected to our high-speed network.
To complement classroom learning, students have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, including Computer Club and Virtual Reality Club. We also organise a number of trips, including to Bletchley Park and the National Museum of Computing, to strengthen students’ appreciation and understanding of computer science.
During Key Stage Three, students develop the key practical skills to make them effective users of technology and are introduced to computing concepts of increasing complexity as they progress through the Key Stage, setting themselves up for further study if they so wish. During Year 7 this means learning about the school network and how to use technology and the internet safely. Students also explore the concepts of algorithms and basic programming techniques. In Year 8, students further explore the topic of online communication safety and are introduced to the fundamentals of digital media, computer systems and control technology. While in Year 9, students explore the differences between computer science and media technology, learn about image storage and manipulation and how to program using the Python programming language. Students also revisit ideas around sequencing, selection and iteration.
At Key Stage Four, we offer Computer Science as a GCSE option and Creative iMedia as a Cambridge National option to students.
For more information, please read our Key Stage Four Curriculum Choices booklet.
Ahead of exam season, we have a Year 11 Curriculum Support Timetable in place to further support students in reaching for their potential at GCSE.
At Key Stage Five, we offer Computer Science as an A-Level option to students.
For more information, please read our Sixth Form Course Guide.