Computing

General Information

Nowadays, Computing is an integral part of our lives. It is therefore essential that pupils are computer literate. Computing is taught 1 lessons per week in KS3 to all students, by two experienced teachers.

 

Staffing

Staff Member

Role

 Mr E. Sherwood

 Subject Leader of Computing

 Mrs A. Cromarty

 Computing Teacher

 

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8)

KS3 focusses on developing Information Technology, Computer Science and Digital Literacy. The course at KS3, which is continually being developed, using the Classmates series of units. It is complemented with units on the BBC Micro:bits, Python programming language and Android Apps using App Inventor.

 

Key Stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11)

Currently, GCSE Computer Science is an option at KS4, taught by Mr Sherwood. It is taught 3 lessons per week and pupils work towards the GCSE from the OCR board. This consists of two exams worth 40% each and a None Exam Assessment worth 20% (although there is a current consultation occurring that could change this). The resources used are a combination between departmental resources, Axsied worksheets and video course. This is a very specialised course and requires students to have good analytical skills as well as creative skills. They also need to have very good programming skills. As such, it is very demanding and requires a lot of extra work to be successful at it.

Cambridge Nationals in Information Technologies is a second optional course, taught by both Mr Sherwood and Mrs Cromarty. This allows students who wish to continue to study Information Technology, but are not able to do the GCSE Computer Science, to be able to do so. It is taught 2 lessons per week in Years 9 and 10 only. It consists of a 20 hour Controlled Assessment worth 50% and an exam worth 50%.