Head of Department - Ms A Croce, M.Sc.,B.Sc.
The department teaches discrete Computer Science and ICT to all pupils in Years 7 – 9. The KS3 curriculum encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment. In addition pupils will be introduced to the basics of computer science, by learning the basics of computer programming.
At the end of Year 9 students may opt to study ICT or Computer Science at KS4 where they will follow programme of study either for AQA GCSE Computer Science or a Certificate in Interactive Media (website design), which is a GCSE equivalent. GCSE students can continue to study Computer Science in the Sixth Form. There are in excess of 650 computer terminals in school which ensures each pupil has individual access to a computer in each ICT lesson. Each pupil is also provided with an e-mail account and hard disc storage space.
Throughout the school there are over 70 interactive whiteboards. All ICT lessons are taught with the aid of an interactive whiteboard and the school Intranet, where lesson content and sample work can be found. The school’s Virtual Learning Environment, Sharepoint, enables pupils to access their work and resources from home via the Internet.