At Key Stage 3 Information Technology skills are actively taught within individual curriculum areas and during specialist ICT lessons. The aim is to provide pupils with skills and awareness of software that will support their GCSE subjects. The school's LAN provides an integrated system for teaching, studying and administration throughout the Junior and Senior Schools.
ICT and Computing is taught up to Year 9 and elements of the new computing curriculum introduce and develop understanding of topics such as programming languages, use of software and the components of computers. ICT can then be followed to GCSE and AS/A Level; we also offer Level 3 BTEC ICT.
Pupils have access to networked PCs in specialist computer suites, as well as the following provision:
- A personal account which can access the student resources library
- A school e-mail address
- Access to specific ICT lessons on the network
- Controlled access to the Internet for research purposes
- Filtering software
- Access to the school's remote desktop from home
There is a variety of software which pupils are able to use and begin to master, including Microsoft Office applications, Photoshop, Gimp, Muvizu, Sketchup 3D, Kaz, Scratch, Turtle Logo and Python language.
Among the many benefits of continuing to study ICT, the specification followed is designed to encourage candidates to:
- work co-operatively and manage projects;
- develop personal learning and thinking skills;
- provide quality ICT-based solutions to a range of problems;
- develop an awareness of developments in technology.
The more vocational qualification of a Level 3 BTEC ICT is offered and provides the flexibility of both mandatory and a number of optional modules to tailor students’ learning to their ambitions.
There will be changes as of September 2017 for KS5 IT.