ICT and Computer Science

Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.

Bill Gates  co-founder, Microsoft

In the rapidly changing environment of technology, pupils need to have an understanding of the computer and the necessary software skills for all their academic work and for life beyond school.

In the rapidly changing environment of technology, pupils need to have an understanding of the computer and the necessary software skills for all their academic work and for life beyond school.

How the computers work - Pupils will learn about the software and hardware components that make a computing device work, networks and find out about emerging technology.

Computer coding - Pupils develop their own programs independently using software such as Scratch, Greenfoot (Java) and Python.

Practical skills - Pupils develop practical ICT skills in their use of an office suite, graphics, web design and photo-editing applications.

How to use technology safely - Internet Safety is taught in Year 7. As pupils progress to Year 9, they explore the topic in greater detail. This will include an outside specialist to talk to them about staying safe online.

Learning to code is useful no matter what your career ambitions are.

Arianna Huffington  Founder, The Huffington Post

Those pupils who enjoy problem solving can take Computer Science at GCSE level. 20% of their final grade is a practical coding task (e.g. making a quiz in python or Greenfoot). They cover such topics as how computers work, data, networks and programming solutions as part of the theory component.

Every year trips are organised for the pupils. In Year 7 they go to Legoland in Windsor to take part in a programming workshop.  The Year 8 girls visit Chessington World of Adventures where they learn how ICT is used in the theme park. GCSE pupils will go to a talk by industry specialists at Imperial College. Sixth Form pupils also have a technology trip. Previous trips have included Google HQ, Warner Bros Studio Tour and the BBC.

Mr M Melling -  ICT and CS Subject Leader