Philosophy -

The philosophy of The ICT department has always been that ICT is there for everybody to use; to that end we have always strived to make the facilities as accessible and welcoming as possible.  This will hopefully be the experience that all students have throughout their time with us.

Y9 - The purpose of the course is to give the pupils the confidence and competences needed to use the computer network and the Internet in all curriculum areas.

During the lessons pupils will be given a strong foundation in the basic skills of word-processing, desktop publishing, databases and spreadsheets. They will also be exposed to the wide range of software available at school, which they can then use to produce work across the curriculum.

At the End of Year 9 most students will take a functional skills exam, which is equivalent to half a GCSE.


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Y10 and Y11 -

At Key Stage 4 we offer the very popular OCR Nationals.  This is a two year Level 2 course, equivalent to 3 GCSEs.  Students enjoy this course and have produced some outstanding results over the last few years.  During the two years students produce a portfolio of work, which is internally assesses and externally moderated.  They will learn to manage their time effectively and produce well thought out solutions to real life problems.  They will be given the opportunity to study:

  • Skills for business
  • Web page creation
  • Design and use a Database
  • Create animations
  • Design graphics for use on the web
  • Design and use a spreadsheet
  • Identify and build a PC
  • Create a multimedia product

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Y12 and Y13 -

At Key Stage 5 we will develop the work that we have undertaken at Key Stage 4, students will  become aware of the numerous issues arising from the use of ICT for individuals, society and organisations. Students are expected to make practical use of a range of applications, software, hardware and communication technologies to address several different types of problem. The range of applications software used will cover the processing of text, images, numbers and sound and will include the use of spreadsheets, desktop publishing, graphics packages and video software. Some use of programming languages will take place.  Students will be given the opportunity to study:

  •  Digital business communication
  •  Collaborative working        
  •  Problem solving 
  •  Creating a digital showcase
  •  Advanced spreadsheets
  •  Digital Imaging

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