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The Computing Faculty

Computing Faculty

Computing is not about computers any more. It is about living. – Nicholas Negroponte

 

Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn. – Steve Jobs

 

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Staff Team

Johan Snyders –  Director of Teaching and Learning for Business and Computing
Samuel Dwamena – Teacher of Computing
Charlene Gill – Teacher of Business and Computing and Head of Sixth form
 
 
Look at the world around us; you are never far away from a computing device. Life without on is now unimaginable. Almost everything in life now involves computing in some way.
In the  Computing department we want to revolutionise what you learn and the way you learn. We are constantly providing exciting and innovative curriculum that is timely, dynamic and industry focused to meet the needs of our students and rise up to the challenges of the modern day technology. We regularly review the Computing curriculum to ensure that all our students develop up to date knowledge and skills fit for the 21st century workplace.

The aims of the  Computing Department

  • To stimulate interest and enjoyment in the study of  Computing.
  • Ensure that all students have a broad and balanced Computing curriculum.
  • To develop the knowledge, understanding and capabilities of Computing.
  • Encourage students to develop an understanding of the wider applications and effects of Computing.
  • Encourage students to solve problems through the use of information systems and associated principles and techniques.
  • Provide students with a broad and balanced view of the range of applications and information systems and an understanding of their capabilities and limitations.
  • To provide an opportunity for all students to achieve their potential through differentiated programmes of study.
  • To provide experiences which are challenging, stimulating and where appropriate directly relevant to the present and future needs of the students.
  • To provide learning activities which are varied in nature including: Practical tasks, Formal teaching, Interactive teaching, Project work and Group work

 

Curriculum

The Computing Framework as adopted by us provides an audit and planning tool that ensures smooth transition from KS 2 to KS 3 as well as enables students to progress appropriately up to KS 5.

In KS3 students will have two lessons per fortnight and will cover a range of topics that will help to develop their Computing skills and introduce them to computing concepts. Within KS3  Computing lessons, students are introduced to Computing through a clear framework of lessons that reflects the new Computing Programmes of Study.  In Year 7 students will identify and describe a range of computer components and distinguish the difference between hardware and software. They will also cover the topic of E-safety and learn more about this important area to create their own webpages. Students are introduced to data collection, modelling and animation through enjoyable schemes of learning. In Year 8 and 9 students are further challenged to implement their computing skills to use a range of software and also introduced to the theoretical side of the subject. This will involve students learning and using a range of computer programming languages, algorithms and computational abstractions. The units of work will develop students’ ability to use their Computing skills in a range of different contexts to solve more complex problems.

Click here for GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor

KS4 – GCSE

The Computing Department offers courses at Key Stage 4 that catering to a wide range of student interests and learning preferences. The Computing courses place a strong emphasis on using computer applications to solve problems. The GCSE Computing course moves that emphasis to understanding and developing new software and goes to the heart of how a computer functions from the lowest level.

GCSE Computing (OCR) Year 11
OCR GCSE Computer Science year 10 new GCSE (9 -1)
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma year 13 (2010 specification)
Pearson BTEC level 3 Extended certificate in Computing year 12 (2016 specification)

 

 

Future Pathways

ICT supports a number of pathways and could form a basis for progression into further learning, including: university courses, or employment where they can take further training in such areas as programming, computer science, systems analysis, communications, multimedia, software systems, and project management or hardware applications.

Computing supports a number of further education and career pathways and is very well respected academically and will be a strong support to students intending to study medicine, law, engineering, computing, foreign languages, physical sciences or maths based courses at university. As computing pervades all aspects of study and contemporary research, this course supports a very wide range of career paths at university in addition to those listed above.

Extra-Curricular

Computer club during which students are involved in game making, animation, multimedia, digital creations and programming.

Club details can be found here

Visits and trips to various computing establishments

Gifted and Talented

Students are encouraged to attend ICT/computing club which is run once a week during lunch time. The school has invested in the Raspberry Pi programme which is a credit card size single-board computer with the intention of learning basic computer science.

FAQs

For further details please do not hesitate to contact any member of staff in the department.