ICT capability encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment. ICT capability is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society. ICT can be used to find, develop, analyse and present information, as well as to model situations and solve problems.
Key Stage 3 (Years 8-10)
Pupils in dedicated ICT classes and within subject area classes will learn and practice the basics of ICT including word processing, desktop publication, databases, spreadsheets, electronic communication, presentational software and web publishing.
Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
Pupils have a choice of study at GCSE either studying ICT or the vocational qualification CiDA (Certificate in Digital Applications) GCSE equivalent.
ICT students acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts; develop ICT-based solutions to solve problems; develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and the social and commercial impact of these technologies.
CiDA enables learners to make the leap from passive consumers to active producers of quality digital content. It develops their ability to organise themselves and their work and encourages them to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT.
Pupils also have a choice of study at GSE either studying Applied ICT or the vocational qualifications Cambridge Technicals Level 3 ICT or BTEC Creative Digital Media.
Cambridge Technicals provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment.
The GCE in Applied ICT qualifies for UCAS points. It gives students a wide choice of progression options into further study, training, or relevant employment.
Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees and BTEC Higher National Diplomas in related subjects such as ICT, Computer Science, Information Systems, Multimedia, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, e-Business and Information Management.
As well as the 4 dedicated C2k computer rooms the school has a Mac suite and a range of additional multimedia resources including cameras, video cameras, scanners, colour printers, CAD and CAM equipment.
All classrooms have C2k computers and have interactive whiteboards and apple tv systems where appropriate.