The school has excellent facilities including a dedicated Computing teaching room. All classrooms have access to computer facilities and each is equipped with a projector and colour printer.
All workstations are networked, running Windows 7, Office 2010 and a wide variety of the latest software applications. Every machine has access to the internet, which is filtered and audited.
Computing in the Curriculum
All students in Years 7 – 11 have lessons in Computing. In Years 7 and 8 these develop and extend their basic skills and increase their understanding of the appropriate uses of computers.
In Year 9, students begin a project based approach to Computing, in order to develop their skills to solve problems and meet specific needs.
In Years 10 and 11, all students take the OCR National course, which enables them to achieve up to 2 GCSE equivalent qualifications in addition to taking a Functional Skills examination in ICT. ICT is also widely used in the teaching of other subjects in the curriculum.
Year 7 and 8 work covered:
- Accessing websites, using search engines and checking for accuracy/bias; searching for and selecting relevant information for a given audience;
- Presenting Information for different audiences using a variety of software packages, including PowerPoint, Publisher and Word
- Designing a simple spreadsheet, making predictions and drawing graphs. Setting up and searching a database
Year 9 work covered:
- Creating and using a database and spreadsheet model in the context of problem solving
- Analysing data, judging its reliability and evaluating its presentation
- Understanding the uses of control systems and how to write system instructions Introduction to programming
Year 10 and 11 work covered:
OCR National Certificate. Units in developing ICT skills for business, computer graphics, web design, multimedia and system design.
Students also prepare for their Functional Skills examination, which assesses their ability to use ICT in a range of work related applications.