ICT

Staff

Mrs V. Patel (Head of Department)


Mr D. Reardon (Director of ICT, Head of Lower School)


Facilities

The department uses the two IT suites situated in the George Hill building for class teaching. These rooms house 26 computers each and are equipped with interactive whiteboards, audio visual facilities, scanners, an A3 colour printer and colour laser printers.

Curriculum

Lower School

The ICT curriculum has been devised to provide pupils with a wide range of skills in ICT. The last 2½ years have seen a dramatic change away from the more traditional areas of IT by introducing programming, robotics, HTML and website design, animation, sound editing, graphics editing as well as video editing. Online Safety has also been an important part of the curriculum and strictly follows the guidelines set out by CEOP. Mathematical modelling along with database work is still part of the curriculum but with less emphasis than before.

GCSE

We follow the Cambridge International Examination (CIE) 0417 specification for IGCSE ICT. Being a linear course, pupils who have opted for the subject at this level sit two practical tests and one theory paper at the end of Year 11, based on technologies within today’s business environment.

Sixth Form

ICT is not available for study at AS and A2 levels.

Co-curricular Activities

Stretch & Challenge

Our ICT Rescue Clinic is run during two lunch breaks and for two sessions after school enabling pupils in Years 7 to 11 to develop their IT skills further as well as receive additional help and guidance. ICT activities such as programming, robotics and website design take place during the remaining lunch times. These provide pupils with the opportunity of developing and exploring ideas to an advanced level.