Computer Science Department Information
We aim to give every child in our school a world-class computing education. Putting computer science at the heart of a broad and balanced curriculum will give our students a solid grounding in computational thinking and problem solving, which will prepare them for opportunities that will come their way and careers that may not exist yet. The subject will enable young people to gain the knowledge and skills that will help them make sense of, and contribute to, the society and world they live in.
Our world is digital. An understanding of computer science will enable young people to make informed choices in their digital world. This is important for all our children, not just those who will become the graphic designers, games programmers or software engineers of the future.
The Computing Curriculum is designed to equip students with knowledge, understanding, skills and a desire to learn more about the three disciplines within Computing: IT, Digital Literacy and Computer Science.
The curriculum is designed to prepare students for onward study of either Computer Science or IT, if they so choose, but also stands alone as a key element of their Secondary education, preparing all students to become effective creators of a better future.
Key Stage 3 Computing is taught to all students in Years 7-9 for one hour a week and includes topics such as How Computers Work, Algorithms with use of multiple platforms, Computational Thinking, Game Making (Scratch), Spreadsheet modelling, Database design, Networking, Mathematics of Computing and Python programming.
We offer the OCR GCSE Computing programmes to students at Key Stage 4. The specifications of these courses are readily available on the Internet and candidates should be familiar with them and ideally have experience teaching these topics. Please see link below for more information about the course
Key Stage 5 delivers ‘A’ level in Computer Science course which follows the OCR exam board. The specifications of these courses are readily available on the Internet and candidates should be familiar with them and ideally have experience teaching these topics. Please see link below for more information about the course.