Computing and ICT

Overview

A high-quality computing education equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, students are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that students become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

The department aims that all students can:

  • understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

Curriculum

Year 7 to 9

In Year 7 students have two lessons of Computing per week and one piece of homework will be set. Students will study a variety of topics including:

  • Introduction to Textual Programming using Small Basic
  • Data Representation
  • Web Design using HTML
  • Computer Hardware and Logic Gates
  • Office 365 Applications

In Year 8 students have one lesson per week of Computing and one piece of homework per fortnight will be set. Students will study a variety of topics including:

  • Further Programming using Visual Basic
  • Web Design using CSS
  • Client Side Scripting
  • Hardware and Combinational Logic

In Year 9 students have two lessons of Computing per week and one piece of homework will be set. The focus of the year will be to prepare students for the study of GCSE Computer Science in Year 10 and to encourage the creative application of computational thought.

GCSE

Computer Science is an optional subject and though topics are introduced in Year 9, the department starts teaching the AQA GCSE in Computer Science from Year 10 on.

At GCSE, students have four lessons per week of Computing and two pieces of homework will be set. Full details can be found in the specification but topics include:

  • Fundamentals of algorithms
  • Programming
  • Data Representation
  • Computer Systems
  • Computer Networks
  • Cyber-Security
  • Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology
  • Software Development
  • Programming Project

Students are assessed via two exams at the end of Year 11 and one piece of coursework completed in the Michaelmas term of Year 11.

Trips, activities and clubs

In addition to our teaching there are a range of opportunities to support the development of Computing knowledge including:

  • Lower School Code Club
  • Senior School Cyber Security Club
  • Weekly Senior School Clinics and Programming Club

Staff

  • Mr T Collins MSc BEng (Head of Computing)
  • Ms R Alcraft MSc