Pupils benefit from trips to The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park and also take part in workshops at Intel and with visiting IT organisations.
Lessons are taught in fully resourced, dedicated IT suites, which have all the software that students require for their course. Students are also enrolled for free online Programming courses so they can practice their skills at home or attend after school or lunchtime sessions.
The department is led by Miss Harris and is closely supported by the IT Network Support Team.
Computing is an option at Key Stage 4 and Year 11 students are currently studying the TLM IT User qualification.
In Year 9 and 10 students will be following the AQA specification to study GCSE Computer Science which will enable them to understand how to design and build apps, investigate how algorithms help create computer codes and the importance of cyber security and ethical impacts of digital technology.
The course content covers;
- Computational thinking which is the process of thinking through a complex problem and developing solutions.
- Computing theory where students will understand the fundamentals of data representation and computer networks. Students will also look at cyber security and investigate the ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology.
- Software development where students will understand how to implement and test a design to make sure it works effectively.