"Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer...because it teaches you how to think."
- Steve Jobs
- Mr Anthony Brady (Head of Department)
- Mr Ronan Murphy
Our department has access to 82 networked workstations housed in three spacious and modern Computing and ICT suites, each of which are fully equipped with Wi-Fi , interactive whiteboards and Apple TV.
The Computing and ICT department aims to provide our students with the technical knowledge, skills and understanding needed in a world increasingly dominated by the use of IT systems. Our new Key Stage 3 curriculum places a much greater emphasis on programming and Computer Science with both ICT and Computer Science currently offered as A Level options. Our curriculum is enriched through a weekly after school coding club where students have the opportunity to develop their computer programming skills in a more informal learning environment.
Computing is offered to all students for one double lesson per week in year 8 and year 10. As well as developing the ICT skills necessary to support the whole school curriculum, our Computing curriculum promotes the skills of computational thinking and problem solving. All students have opportunities to learn how to code using software and hardware such as Scratch, Gamemaker, Python and the BBC Micro Bit.
Building on the skills learned at Key Stage 3 we offer GCSE Digital Technology (formerly ICT) at Key Stage 4. This brand new CCEA course consists of two strands where year 11 students can opt to specialise in either Multimedia or Computer Programming. We have an excellent record of results at GCSE level which we anticipate will continue throughout the life of this new specification. Recent years have seen our numbers steadily increasing with 45 students opting to study GCSE ICT in 2016/17.
ICT - 2016
Our department currently offers CCEA Digital Technology (formerly ICT) at A Level. This course aims to make students competent and confident in the use of computers and focuses on developing an understanding of the uses and impact of computers in society today.
We also offer WJEC Computer Science, a course which gives students an in-depth understanding of the fundamental concepts of computer science including the skills of computational thinking and computer programming. This course gives students an excellent foundation for further education and careers in Computing and IT.
ICT - 2016
Computer Science - 2016