2014-2015 has been a very busy year for the ICT Department. During the year 110 pupils studied towards the Edexcel GCSE course in ICT in Year 11, and about X in Year 10. In addition to this, we have also offered Functional Skills and the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL). At A level students complete the OCR GCE. As part of their coursework requirements A level students worked with real clients to produce complex systems that solve problems. The students built websites that sent and retrieved information from databases using programming code.
We continued to provide after-school clubs to support pupils and these were always well attended. One of the extra-curricular clubs offered was Programming Minecraft with Python on Raspberry Pis. This encourages students to explore their programming skills and use their creativity to expand the capability of the Minecraft environment.
We were also involved with STEM week delivering Year 8 and Year 9 lessons on a variety of topics including forces and the testing of modern materials (smart springs). In addition the department started forging links with local primary schools to support the teaching of programming with Sixth Formers volunteering to support this programme.