Starting in Y7 and Y8 with an innovative curriculum that addresses all aspects of the computing programme of study, our curriculum also allows students to study a range of skills that cover creative media; digital literacy and students also receive the opportunity to enrich their learning by taking part in national coding competitions run by GCHQ and Cyber Discovery.
All Y10 and 11 students are able to choose to continue their qualifications. As as a faculty offer: Level 2 Creative iMedia and GCSE Computer Science.
At Key Stage 5, students are able to opt for A Level courses in computer science, economics or pursue a more vocational route to an IT qualification and/or business qualification.
Collectively, these courses aim to enable students:
- to understand the significance, the roles and responsibilities of computing, economics and business studies as critical factors in human, social and economic and environmental wellbeing and development.
- to become confident and competent in conceiving, designing and producing a range of good quality ICT products.
- to become confident and competent in analysing and critically appraising ICT products designed and made by others and themselves.
- to gain an understanding of the ‘real world’ applications of ICT and Business Studies through work-related learning (where possible)
In addition we aim to:
- stimulate student interest, enjoyment, curiosity and concern about Computing, Economics and Business Studies.
- enable students to be familiar with a relevant body of knowledge, skills, principles and vocabulary.
- employ teaching methods and resources that allow all students, irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin or academic ability, to have equal access to Computing, Economics and Business Studies and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
- enable students to understand some of the effects, beneficial or detrimental, that Computing, Economics and Business have had or may have on human society and the environment. This should help develop an awareness of moral, economic, social, cultural, and environmental considerations that can make conflicting demands on Computing, Economics and Business professionals.
- to enable students to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as perseverance, initiative and independence.
- ensure that students access the courses at a level appropriate to their personalised learning needs
- extend students learning, so that they may access courses and learning that comes before and after their current Key Stage (where appropriate).
- employ a variety of teaching and learning strategies in line with whole school expectations.
- ensure that our students have a truly “outstanding” experience both in terms of personal progress and outcomes as well as the teaching and learning they receive.