Our vision is for students to engage with our subjects within a climate of positivity and challenge. We want to promote independent learning and students to take responsibility for home learning, development of skills and retention of knowledge.
The Computing, Business and IT curriculum offers a range of courses so that all students can achieve their targets. We deliver GCSEs in Computer Science and Business, as well as the Cambridge Nationals in Enterprise and Marketing and Creative I Media; giving our students an array of options to study at KS4.
A large part of the Computer Science curriculum is based on the ability to abstract and decompose a problem to produce a solution through investigation. Students have opportunities throughout KS3 to produce robust, considered solutions to problems posed in class and develop problem solving and analysis skills. Alongside this, it is important students develop an understanding of how the hardware within a computer functions and understanding the science behind it.
The KS3 curriculum is designed to ensure students develop ICT skills for the future. We also support whole school aspirations to promote healthy lifestyles and relationships, for example: online safety and legislation in depth for our students to use technology safely. Students will study new topics in hardware, networks and algorithms, giving them the skills to access later topics such as binary, where students study the mathematical makeup of machines. Over the three years, students learn to program in a number of languages, mixing script-based languages and progressing onto the more demanding High-Level Languages. This enables our students to make informed decisions about their options.
Additionally, we have exciting enrichments in the form of Young Enterprise, Duke of York’s IDEA and competitions such as the UK schools’ Computer Animation competition. In order to promote cultural capital, support knowledge and skill development in the taught curriculum and support students in developing skills and making informed choices in relation to further careers in this area.
We undertake regular assessments throughout the year on all the topics covered. This allows us to compare student performance across the whole cohort. Students will be able to apply their knowledge, ideas and skills in both further education and in the real world. Our aim is to ensure that students will gain positive progress in all subjects and groupings and maximise attainment so that students are able to pursue a further career in this area should they choose to.