Computer Science

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Computing has one dedicated computer suite of 31 brand new computers and shares the facilities in the Learning Resource Centre which hosts 28 computers.

Year 7

Students are taught how to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely.  Students will undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications.  Computational thinking will be used to solve real world problems.  Students will be introduced to programming languages that are visual and textual based.

Years 8 and 9

Students will learn about the hardware and software components that make up computer systems.  Students will be able to understand the use of binary digits in computer systems and learn how to code in a variety of ways.

Currently, at Key Stage 4 students opt for one of the following GCSE specifications:

  • The Computer Science GCSE course gives learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.  The course also provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science.  The course develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming.
  • The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is a GCSE equivalent, offering pass, merit and distinctions grades. It looks at core computing skills including word processing, spreadsheets and presentations along with key every day skills such as file management.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Computer Games club runs every week. Students program games and then play and edit them.

In Robotics club students get the opportunity to solve problems using Lego robots.  This takes place at lunchtime.