IT and Computing
ICT is the study of how to use computers as a tool to solve problems and create products that meet requirements. In addition it examines the nature of information and how computers have affected our lives. Computer Science looks at how computers work and how they can be programmed to solve problems.
The department encourages students to use their creative ability and love of technology to produce work to a high standard. At Key stage 3 we aim to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills in a wide range of areas to allow them to go on to further study at GCSE, A level or to prepare them for the world of work, where ICT is widely used. We aim to set challenges that extend the learning and skills of all students as well as those who have a keen interest in an area of ICT or Computer Science.
The aim of the ICT Department is to develop pupils’ knowledge of Computer Science, their IT skills and their interest in ICT. We believe that pupils will make the most of their potential if they enjoy their work and are able to develop real world skills that will benefit them both now and in the future. All pupils follow an IT course at Key Stage 3 after which they have the opportunity to continue with courses at Key Stage 4 and ICT Courses in the sixth form. The Department has an open door policy for lunchtime sessions where pupils can complete homework or coursework. After school clubs are also run to support examination pupils. In Key Stage 3 students concentrate on their basic IT skills and are encouraged to develop their confidence in using computers and the school network as a work environment. They will learn to use a range of industry standard applications and additionally they will have opportunities to be more creative through a range of multimedia tasks including video editing, animation, and web design. Computer Science skills are also covered with introductions to programming concepts and algorithm design. Students will learn to use the Internet to improve their research skills and they are encouraged to recognise copyright issues, intellectual property and the accuracy of information. They are given the opportunity to use e-mail in school and are encouraged to use this resource responsibly. They also study the effects and implications of IT on Society; issues raised by the use of ICT and the dangers associated with the use and misuse of the Internet.