Aims of the Department of Computing

To provide a high-quality computing education and enable pupils 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 pupils 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, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils 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.


ICT Teaching Staff
Please feel free to contact us should you have any queries.

David Atkins     Head of Department       This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Denise Connor Teacher of Computing    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Jim Shervey      Teacher of Computing
Ross Elliot         Teacher of Computing



Key Stage 3 Computing
All pupils in Key Stage 3 are taught Computer Science for one period per week during each of Years 7, 8 and 9. This gives every pupil an excellent opportunity to develop their computing skills to the full. Pupils follow a new curriculum from September 2014 including game making with Scratch, Gamemaker, working with computers, computer hardware,  HTML script and computer animation using Adobe Flash. Pupils are also taught to use industry standard software in producing websites and complete a multimedia project in year 9. The result is an interesting and varied programme of study which will stimulate and challenge.


Key Stage 4 Computing
Computer Science is a popular option choice for study in Years 9, 10 and 11. Students undertake study in three main areas for the GCSE in Computing; Programming, Research Project and an exam set by the exam board covering most aspects of Computer Studies .


Key Stage 5 ICT

BTEC Advanced Subsidiary
A level three qualification suitable for students wishing to enter the IT industry.
During Year 12 students will study the following units:
•    Unit 1 ‘Communication and Employability Skills’
•    Unit 2 ‘Computer Systems’
•    Unit 13 ‘IT Systems Troubleshooting and Repair
During Year 12 students will study the following units:
•    Unit 22 ‘Developing Computer Games’
•    Unit 30 ‘Digital Graphics’
•    Unit 31 ‘Computer Animation’


Exam Results 2014
OCR Nationals Level 2 Single Award (One GCSE)
Year 13 BTEC Advanced Subsidiary
100% of pupils achieved an A-E pass


We use the following software
•    Microsoft Word 2010
•    Microsoft Excel 2010
•    Microsoft Access 2010
•    Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
•    Adobe Dream-weaver CS5
•    Adobe Flash CS5
•    Adobe Fireworks and Freehand CS5
•    Adobe Photoshop CS5
•    Yoyo Games Gamemaker
•    Flowol 4
•    Scratch from MIT


The Internet
The network covers the whole school, and pupils can continue with their work at any computer. All machines have access to the internet. Pupils can now get access to the school intranet from home by selecting the appropriate link on the left and using their normal school username and password. The school has an effective Internet filter that prevents pupils accessing inappropriate material.


All pupils are taught how to use our E-mail system responsibly. Pupils can have access to their own email account once they have passed a short test on responsible use of email. The email test can be accessed by selecting the "Learning Platform" link on the left.  The option to access the school email system from outside the school can be arranged. Students in KS4 have email accounts and are provided with their own E-mail address. Students at KS3 can use USB memory sticks to transfer files.


Career Progression
This site shows you some of the incredible places that education and careers in information technology can take you, so why not have a browse and let it open up the big, bright future that lies ahead of you!
ICT Intranet
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