Through Computing/ICT students are taught a range of skills focusing on a wide variety of technologies. Students are taught skills in word-processing, databases, spreadsheet modelling, the internet, E-Safety / cyberbullying, Powerpoint presentations, desk-top publishing and computer programming. ICT is taught to all year groups across Key Stages 3 and 4 and is taught to years 12 and 13 in the 6th Form. In Years 10 and 11, students follow an external accreditation course either WJEC ICT Entry Pathways or Eduqas GCSE in Computer Science.
Students following ICT Entry Pathways complete a series of modules in order to gain credits.
Students following GCSE Computer Science complete a 2hr on-screen examination, a non-exam assessment for 20 hrs and a written exam paper for 1 hr 45 minutes. We currently offer EdExcel Functional Skills Level 1 or Level 2 to our 6th Form students.
As well as using a wide range of software programs, students use a range of multimedia including digital cameras, video cameras, iPads and iPods. All our computers are linked via the wireless network and individual students have their own personal space on the network to store all their work. Our ICT equipment is updated on a regular basis to keep up-to-date with the ever changing technological world.
Most classrooms and the ICT suite have interactive TV's to assist with teaching and learning and there are at least four computers in all classroom bases.