Mrs M Bennett
ICT/Computing is taught in mixed ability groups. The subject is very popular with students at all levels of ability and the department is in the process of overhauling the curriculum at Key Stage 3 in particular to keep pace with changing technology and best practice in the subject.
Key Stage 3: Years 7-9
During years 7, 8 and 9 girls are introduced to programming both to create solutions, for example to create a game for a specified target audience and to develop simple web pages using html. They will use industry standard software to make interactive web pages and will develop skills in designing, making and editing animations, static graphics for print and interactive web graphics. They will consider all aspects of e-safety.
Key Stage 4: GCSE
Girls can opt to continue their study of IT at Key Stage 4 by working towards a GCSE in Business Communication Systems. The course provides a combination of business studies and IT skills and consists of a practical element, heavily under-pinned by theory from both the IT and business studies subject disciplines.
Key Stage 5: AS and A level
Students are prepared for the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate in IT which attracts UCAS points at the same level as A Levels. It provides a wide range of options such as installing hardware, creating a website, identifying an IT fault, computer animation, e-commerce and many more. There are practical IT/computing activities in all units and the course is tailored to meet the needs and interests of individual girls.
Students are taken on occasional trips to enhance the curriculum. With the move from ICT to computing, the department is actively investigating relevant trips for students at Key Stage 3 to enhance their understanding of the use of computing in businesses. A group of girls recently visited the Jaguar Land rover plant to see the production process in action and learn about the way in which IT systems are used to automate it.