Computing is taught as a discrete subject at KS3 in year 7 and 8. Where they follow a detailed scheme of work linked to the current Computing Programme of Study. Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, how they are designed and programmed, how to apply computational thinking and how to make the best of information technology. We aim to give pupils a broad education that encourages creativity and equips them with the knowledge and skills to understand and change the world.
There are three distinct strands within computing which are complementary to each other: computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Each component is essential in preparing pupils to thrive in an increasingly digital world.
E-Safety is also very important to us and is something that we revisit regularly with students. Technology offers unimaginable opportunities and is constantly evolving. Access is currently becoming universal and increasingly mobile and pupils are using technology at an ever earlier age. Because of this we are committed to delivering an age appropriate curriculum that enables our students to become responsible digital citizens who are aware of the dangers online and know what to do if they encounter this.
We start our KS4 course in Year 9 where ALL students prepare for GCSE ICT and learn about living in a digital world. They will explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. Students learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and well-being, on the move). They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.
At KS4 students are also offered the option of studying Computer Science GCSE, more information on these qualifications can be found by following the links above.
At KS5 student are currently studying the OCR Applied AS & A2 course in ICT. We deliver a six unit single award where students complete 3 compulsory units and 3 other advanced units. Students collect evidence to show that they have gained the understanding knowledge and skills required. The work is usually assessed, or marked by their class teacher.
The Computing department are passionate about helping students to reach their potential and our KS4 success within the school reflects this. We set ourselves very high targets within the school and have always achieved a very high success rate A*-C in ICT.
We are a department that is continually involved in developing our area of this very successful school. The school has three main networks - one for curriculum use, one for administrative purposes and a network of laptops for teaching staff. The curriculum network has over 400 connected stations. There are 6 suites of 30 stations, 7 suites with 20 stations and a specialist room of 20 stations in the technology block. There are also machines in Learning Support, the Library, Humanities and Science. We have an RM Connect 4 network and all stations have internet access making use of the Hertfordshire Grid broadband link and run Microsoft Office 2003 suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher) as well as Macromedia Studio 8 and an abundance of specialist curriculum software. Each ICT suite has at least one high performance laser printer and all classrooms throughout the campus have a PC linked to a projector and interactive whiteboard. Art and Media also have specialist ICT equipment that they utilise. There is a rolling programme of upgrade and expansion on the network. All the ICT suites are well used both by the ICT department for delivery of specialist lessons and by other curriculum areas to deliver the cross-curricular ICT programme.