Computer Science

Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination

- Albert Einstein

We have five computer suites, three specialist suites (including two digital language labs) and a Sixth Form study suite.

Curriculum

All students in the Years 7-9 have lessons in Computing taught by specialist staff. In Year 7 pupils cover a variety of topics including computer systems, application types, programming, operating systems, spreadsheets, computer graphics and databases. In Year 8 the theme is the internet and web design, and the programming languages taught are HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Year 9 students study the twin topics of computer modelling and programming. Computing is also offered as a GCSE option following the AQA Computer Science course. For those students who choose not to continue with Computing, we offer the European Computer Driving License (ECDL), an internationally recognised skills-based qualification. 

Extra-curricular

Sixth Form students can continue to develop their computing skills, either as part of the Computing Senior Society or during the Wednesday afternoon option scheme which is currently a code club. Other extra-curricular activities organised by the Department include a Digital Photography Club, touch-typing (students can study for the British Computer Society’s E-Type qualification), video-editing and an IT Club.