2018-2019 has been a very busy year for the Computing and ICT Department. During the year over 50 pupils studied towards the AQA GCSE course in Computer Science in Year 11, and a similar number in Year 10. In addition to this, we have also offered CiDA (web design) to Year 11 and iMedia to Year 10. At A level students complete the OCR GCE in Computer Science. As part of their coursework requirements A level students worked with real clients to produce complex systems that solve problems.
We continue to provide lunch clubs and after-school clubs to support pupils and these are always well attended. The after-school club focussed on developing an understanding of algorithms for structured programming and students worked in pairs to develop games played on BBC Microbits.
In trying to support students becoming more self-motivated and autonomous we have encouraged students to take part in external events such as the GCHQ programming challenge for students Cyberfirst and the London Tech Week AIHackathon.
The department worked closely with the Careers department to build links with local employers such as CISCO and managed to get students on their student training programme.