Information and Communication Technology is a subject that offers an exciting opportunity to look the way in which computer technology is affecting the world we live in. The practical use of software for problem solving and the use of information by individuals, organisations and within society is the focus of all we do.
Following induction sessions in y7, ICT is not a discrete timetabled subject until y8. Following the dissolution of the National Curriculum, students in Key Stage 3 follow a programme designed to support their use of ICT in other subjects and to prepare them for future employment.
Years 9-11 study the OCR ICT National Course, with many of our students gaining a GCSE equivalent as early as year 9. This programme of study focuses on giving students access to work based learning ranging from producing multimedia products, such as a podcast and a website, to more standard office applications such as the use of Word and Excel.
The department has four designated ICT suites and students are able to access a range of applications from more standard MSOffice software to the Adobe creative suite. The department is fully staffed with experienced teachers of ICT:
We have recently been registered as an Adobe Certified Centre and are currently offering staff and students the opportunity to become Adobe Certified in Photoshop and Dreamweaver.
The department makes good use of Moodle the school’s VLE with resources for new and existing courses to allow learners to access learning materials at any time.
A range of extra-curricular activities are offered by the department. This includes lunch time ICT clubs and study support sessions after school. Details of these can be found in the Enrichment Activities section of this site.