Computing & ICT

The Computing & ICT department is headed by Mrs Hewgill, along with Mr Thurgood, Mrs Pino, Mr Carr, Mr Thorold and Mrs Beveridge. We teach in dedicated IT rooms which are all equipped with one computer per student and interactive projectors. The department makes extensive use of its Virtual Learning Environment and all lessons are available electronically online, both from school and home. We have a great tradition of coding in school and have a group of very dedicated students who assist in the running of extra-curricular clubs teaching students how to create their own games. Please visit the website which is administered by Dr Morrison in school.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students have one lesson a week in their form groups. Topics they cover through the year are:

Introduction to the school network
Presenting information
Scratch programming
Understanding hardware and software
Using spreadsheets and databases
Making a movie
Introduction to coding using Python
Creating games with GameMaker

Year 8

Students have one lesson a week in their form groups. Topics they cover through the year are:

Creating websites using HTML
Multimedia presentations using Mediator
Control using Flowol
Programming in Python
Spreadsheet modelling
Number systems such as Binary
Creating games with Kodu


Key Stage 4

Students start their GCSE options at the beginning of year 9. If they choose Computing or ICT, in year 9 they will learn a variety of skills relevant to the chosen subject, before starting the coursework modules which continue through years 10 and 11.

Note: Both courses at key stage 4 are optional. Students may only choose one of these courses.

Year 9 ICT

Developing a multimedia package using Mediator
Spreadsheet modelling
Creating a Podcast using Audacity
Fireworks and Photoshop

Year 9 Computing

Number systems
Coding in Python
Programming Arduino

GCSE Computing

Exam Board and Specification: OCR J275

This GCSE course consists of 3 units

A451 – 1hr30min written exam taken in the summer of Year 11

The syllabus for this exam is

Fundamentals of computer systems
Representation of data in computer systems
Computer communications and networking

A452 – Controlled Assessment Research Task

A453 – Controlled Assessment Programming Task

Students have to code a series of set tasks in a high level language. These are text based applications designed to encourage good coding skills.

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Exam Board and Specification: Edexcel 2010

This GCSE course consists of 2 units

Unit 1 - Living in a digital world theory written exam

Personal digital devices
Operating online
Online goods and services
Online communities
Social Issues

Unit 2 - Using Digital Tools, controlled assessment

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A Level Computer Science

Exam Board and Specification: OCR H446 (from 2015)

Note: Students will not sit an AS exam. They will be assessed at the end of year 12 by an internal exam.

The course consists of 2 written exam papers and one coursework project



This component is a traditionally marked and structured question paper with a mix of question types. The course covers:

  • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  • Software and software development
  • Exchanging data
  • Data types, data structures and algorithms
  • Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues.




Traditional questions concerning computational thinking:

  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Programming and problem solving
  • Pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition
  • Algorithm design and efficiency
  • Standard algorithms



There will be a scenario/task contained in the paper, which could be an algorithm or a text page-based task, which will involve problem solving.



Students select their own user-driven problem of an appropriate size and complexity to solve. Students analyse the problem, design a solution, implement the solution and give a thorough evaluation.


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