Teachers: Mrs K Coverdale, Mr M Storey, Mr A Waters.
Computing is well resourced within the school and taught by specialist staff in discrete lessons throughout KS3. In KS4, ICT is a GCSE option. Other departments also have access to their own ICT resources, and ICT is used extensively across the curriculum.
All pupils in school have access to their own e-mail account and personal storage space on the school servers, as well as shared areas containing worksheets and guidance. These resources are also available to pupils from home over the Internet via our Frog VLE and are being continually developed.
The ICT suite is open every lunchtime for pupils to continue with, or get help with their work.
The school runs a regular 'Coder Dojo¹ coding club in the library after school, where professional software engineers come in to work with pupils on their coding projects.
In Key stage 3 we follow a curriculum based on the Computing At Schools curriculum, which has been endorsed by Microsoft, Google, BCS and The Chartered Institute for IT. http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/index.php?id=cacfs
Students in KS3 receive 3 computing lessons per fortnight, and learn about computer science, programming and digital literacy.
In Key Stage 4 there is the option to study the Cambridge iGCSE in ICT.
The syllabus encourages pupils to develop lifelong skills, which will be useful to them in their work across the curriculum and prepare them for future employment. They will develop understanding of the implications of technology in society, including social, economic and ethical uses and awareness of the ways ICT can help in home, learning and work environments.
The syllabus combines theoretical and practical studies focusing on the ability to use common software applications to solve problems, including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software, web browsers and website design. Pupils analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems, ensuring that they are fit for purpose.
Assessment is through a 2 hour theory paper and 2 2hours 30 minute practical assessments. More details are available here.
AQA GCE ICT www.aqa.org.uk
In this popular course students learn about the way that ICT tools and systems are used in society and business. Students are expected to design, implement and test solutions to several real or realistic problems using a wide range of applications software. These problems could include database tasks using Access, numerical tasks using Excel, as well as designing Web pages and other resources such as blogs and online photo albums.
At AS the two units are complementary and aim to develop students' ability to use ICT to solve problems, together with an understanding of the opportunities and impact of ICT in modern life.
At A2 students study the concepts associated with the use of ICT in the real world, as well as making practical use of this knowledge. They will have the opportunity to work alongside people from organisations outside school - in real, or realistic, environments developing valuable life skills of project management and working co-operatively with others.
At AS, students will prepare a portfolio of work. They will take a sample of this into the examination for Unit 1, and this will be submitted to the board along with their answers to theoretical questions.
Recently the group designed a website for Gretton Primary Schoolan, which you can visit here: www.gretton.gloucs.sch.uk
At A2, students will investigate a substantial, real problem for a client that they identify. They will Analyse, design, create, test, document and evaluate the solution they produce. This coursework forms Unit 4, and accounts for 40% of the A2 marks, 20% of the total A Level.
There is a significant difference between the complexity and quantity of work at AS and A2 and the work you will have done in the GCSE. The majority of the course involves covering theory work for the examinations, and there are frequent tests.
Students need to gain at least a B in GCSE ICT to start the A Level course and they will be expected to have an interest in ICT. They should be willing to spend their own time exploring applications and learning advanced features for use in their coursework.
As with other subjects, there is approximately 5 hours of home study allocated outside of lessons.