Departments & Subjects

Our mission is to work with parents and the local community to provide a broad curriculum and a creative approach to learning. Our intent is to enable all students to fulfil their unique potential and make the world a better place through their informed choices and actions.

Our curriculum meets the requirements of national guidelines and explicitly intends to support students to become :



Mr Gough

The IT and Computer Science department takes students though an ever changing World of IT software, games making and computer programming. The department has a team of specialist staff, who work with the students to build on their understanding from KS2 and take them through KS3, 4 and 5. At KS4 and 5 the department runs a range of courses, both academic and vocational, to meet the needs of all students, of all levels and abilities and produces, continuously, results far higher than the national average and results which are some of the highest in the school.

  • To promote an interest in and encourage active engagement in learning ICT.
  • To develop social awareness of issues that arise in ICT.
  • To enable students to understand a variety of ICT software and discover and develop an appreciationof a range of ICT skills.
  • To enable students to work independently with increasing confidence by the use of help sheets, userguides and video tutorials.
  • To enable students to experience the different strands of ICT that they will be able to choose topursue through key stage 4 and 5.


Year 7
Year 8
  • Winter  – Basic Skills, E-Safety Video, animation (pivot or white board)
  • Winter – Kodu (top sets)/Scratch (lower sets) and animation (Flash)
  • Spring – Micro Bit (RST unit), Spreadsheets (Harry Plotter)
  • Spring – Databases (Top Trumps), Music Video (iPads)
  • Summer  – Websites and Audio
  • Summer – HTML website coding (Khan academy) and Myth Busters Project (Recap whole of KS3)


ICT Strands Covered at KS3
  • Office software packages such as Word, Access, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Computer Science software packages such as Scratch and Kodu as well as languages such as Visual Basic and HTML. There is also a unit design around the Microbit
  • Creative software units include animation, audio file creation and manipulation, building websitesand creating movies (using iPads or PCs)
Key assessment details

Students will be assessed regularly at the end of each unit of study and ongoing assessment during lessons as well as through homework tasks. There is also a general ICT competency test each year which the students complete online under exam conditions.

  • To promote an interest in and encourage active engagement in learning ICT.
  • To develop work related skills and awareness of issues that arise in ICT within the work place.
  • To enable students to understand and use a variety of ICT software packages which are used in a range of different working environments.
  • To enable students to work independently with increasing confidence as they would in a work environment.
  • To enable students to express themselves through their IT skills and enhance their presentation skills.


Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
  • Gain the basic understand of a range of software packages and be able to use them to GCSE level. These will include;
    • Word
    • Spreadsheet
    • Website Design
    • Graphics
    • Audio
    • Animation
  • Build on the understanding gained in Year 9 and develop individual units of coursework, which cover a range of units. This work will include researching topics as well as working through the unit to a fixed scenario. All coursework must be completed independently and a fixed deadline must be met.
  • In Year 11, students study for an on-line exam, which will be available for them to take when the teacher feels they are ready. The online exam is approximately one hour long and contain short as well as long questions, which require evaluative thought processes. After the exam, the students complete a e-portfolio to showcase their work. Whilst this forms part of the students final assessed mark, it is also a good way for the students to show the IT skills to further educational providers and employers.


Key assessment details

This is a vocational course, which has one, one hour, exam, which is assessable to the students when they are ready to take it. All other assessment is through, controlled assessment of units of coursework. All of which must be completed independently and to a fixed period.


Computer Science KS4

The computer science course is designed to enable learners to:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation.
  • Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs.
  • Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically,
  • Understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems.
  • Understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society.
  • Apply mathematical skills relevant to computer science.


Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
  • Winter term – Systems architecture (CPU), programming techniques (variables, data types, sequence, operators, selection)
  • Winter term – Data representation, network topologies, protocols, programming techniques (arrays, standard algorithms, defensive code, testing)
  • Winter term – Records, tables, SQL selection, non-exam assessment (NEA)
  • Spring term – Systems architecture (Fetch/execute), programming techniques (iteration, file handling, string manipulation)
  • Spring term – Network layers, system security, computational logic, translators and facilities of languages
  • Spring term – Tracing algorithms, ethical, legal, cultural and environmental considerations
  • Summer term – Memory, storage, wired and wireless networks, programming techniques (validation, sub programs, algorithm design)
  • Summer term – System software, system life cycle phases, controlled assessment practice.
  • Summer term – Revision, exams


Key assessment details
Winter term:
  • Programming project (Non-Exam Assessment) 20% of GCSE
Summer term:
  • Computer systems (1.5 hour exam) 40% of GCSE
  • Computational thinking, algorithms & programming (1.5 hour exam) 40% of GCSE

NB: Exams are written and calculators are not allowed.