Welcome to the Computing Department.
Computing comprises Computer Science, Information and Communication Technology and Digital Literacy. It is our intention to provide students and parents with the necessary information and support so that you do not get left behind in the technology race.
In recent years the School has invested heavily in our Computing provision. We now have over 500 computers, including 32 i-pads and 30 learn pads in the school, which are either linked physically or via our wireless network. All staff are provided with either a laptop to allow electronic registration of pupils and of course to give staff the chance to use ICT more and more in their lesson preparation. All of our rooms have Interactive White Boards or interactive projectors.
We are constantly updating our hardware and software in order to give students the best possible access to computing resources. For several years now our students have had the ability to save their work on a remote server provided by our VLE, Life so that they are able to access their work anytime anywhere in the world. So if they are bored on their holiday …… Mrs Compton, our chief librarian and Life guru won an award for her work with Life.
Students also have access to Sam Learning; an excellent on line revision program which we strongly recommend for most of their subjects up to the end of Key Stage 4. At Key Stage 3 we have recently revamped our content introducing more computer science based modules well ahead of government changes. Programming now runs as a theme throughout Key Stage 3. On Life we have further information and links to free downloadable software. If you know of any other good free software then please let us know.
On the Computer teaching side we provide discrete lessons in Years 7 – 9, as part of the options programme in Year 9 we offer GCSE Computing.
Our most recent award winners were the Raspberry Pi club (Monday and Thursday lunchtimes) who received an Innovation Award from the Institute of Engineering and Technology. There is also a Minecraft/computing club for years 7 and 8 most lunchtime.