The Computer Science department is committed to providing pupils with a broad education in the subject that encourages creativity and equips them with the knowledge and skills to understand and change the world. We aim to:
- Give each pupil a sound understanding of the fundamentals of the subject.
- Enable each pupil to gain practical experience in the subject.
- Offer opportunities to explore state of the art, industry standard, hardware devices and software packages.
- Give each pupil an awareness of the value of the subject, both as a stand-alone subject and as a set of tools to use with other subjects.
- Foster an appreciation of the significance of the subject.
- Foster an understanding of the role the subject will play in pupils’ lives beyond the educational environment.
Our curriculum across the key stages consists of three distinct strands, each of which is complementary to the others. They are: Computing, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. Each component is essential in preparing pupils to thrive in an increasingly digital world.
Computing - pupils are taught how to use a variety of programming languages, including Python, in order to be able to solve a variety of computational problems. At Key Stage 3, pupils are also taught how to program a Micro:bit which is a tiny handheld programmable computer..
Information Technology – pupils are taught how computers and telecommunications equipment work, and how they may be applied to the storage, retrieval, transmission and manipulation of data. They are also taught through creative projects, how to effectively, responsibly, safely and critically navigate, evaluate and create digital artefacts using a range of digital technologies. The digital artefacts created range from websites, computer programs, spreadsheets, Apps and computer games.
Digital literacy – pupils are taught a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely. They are also taught how to protect their online identity and privacy, how to recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and how to report concerns.
A wide range of enrichment activities are on offer for pupils some of which might be hosted with external providers e.g. Queen Mary University of London. We also offer great options at KS4 and KS5 with a good balance between academic and vocational courses that encourage our pupils to be creative and imaginative and continuously challenges them to improve.