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What we aim to achieve with our students
The ICT Faculty aims to enable students to use Information Technology confidently.
We believe that students need to gain a good working knowledge of common programs and take a positive attitude to problem solving so that they will be able to cope well with new programs and media in their adult lives.
Students are expected to have good file management and their own back up strategies. Emphasis is placed on e-safety through lessons based on CEOPS materials which are used as the basis for individual thought and group discussions.
Our students are well prepared for higher education and the workplace. The school’s VLE, Moodle, is used extensively by students in all year groups.
Mrs Bryant (Director of ICT)
Mr D Keenliside
Ms A Lawther
Mr A Somerville
The Courses that we run
In Years 7 and 8 all students follow the Key Stage 3 ICT National Curriculum. Each student has two ICT lessons per fortnight. These are mixed ability. A special two-year curriculum has been designed that enables students to become confident with using Microsoft and Macromedia programmes. The syllabus includes how to search the Web efficiently; making professional presentations; graphics: making games; control; using data and modelling spreadsheets.
In Years 9 all students follow the OCR National First Award which is equivalent to GCSE grades A-C. In Year 10, students either continue with OCR National or choose to do BTEC ICT level 2 which is equivalent to four GCSES A-C. Both these courses are 100% coursework. If a student falls behind with the coursework or is new to the school, they will be expected to take OCR Functional Skills levels one or two.
Students follow the Edexcel Applied ICT course. AS students take three units - the Information Age, the Digital Economy and the Knowledge Worker. AS students learn project management and reach a high standard in databases and spreadsheets. Students who have not gained the equivalent of GCSE grade C take a short course so that they can gain Functional Skills level 2.
Items of particular interest
The ICT Faculty offers a range of extra-curricular activities, including the following:
- Contacts with local businesses
- Trips to Microsoft in Cambridge
- Trips to Disneyland Paris