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At KS3 all students have a 100 minute lesson every two weeks.  These lessons focus on building computer science based skills, inline with the new Key Stage 3 computing curriculum. We aim to offer a high-quality education that equips pupils for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. Pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.

The Secondary National Curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils

  • Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

During KS3 students will undertake a number of projects including;

 Year 7:

 1.  Using computers safely, effectively and responsibly.


 2.  Visual programming in Scratch.


 3.  Sound Editing - Making a Radio Advert.


 4.  Textual Programming using BBC Micro:Bit & Python.

 Year 8:

 1.  Textual Programming in Small Basic.


 2.  Video Production - Making a TV advert.


 3.  Computer Crime & Cyber Security.


 4.  Introduction to Python.

 Year 9:

 1.  Advanced Python.


 2.  App Development.


 3.  HTML & CSS Multimedia Website Development project.

Key Stage 4

At KS4 we offer a Computer Science course and an IT Course that students can opt to take.

Computer Science:

We follow the OCR GCSE Computer Science (9-1) qualification. 80% exam 20% Coursework using the python programming language

This course looks at how computers, networks and programs works and takes a ’behind the scenes’ look at computers. We will investigate different programming languages and write programs to solve tasks. You will find out how computers really work and what is Binary code? Do you know how to think like a computer?

This is a subject that requires good maths skills , for example part of the theory paper looks at converting positive denary whole numbers into 8-bit binary numbers and vice versa. Also adding binary integers and converting positive denary whole numbers. The coursework is logic based and students who have good mathematical and analytical skills would do well on this course.

OCR National Certificate in IT:

This is a GCSE equivalent course offered by the OCR exam board.

75% Coursework and 25% exam

Our new ICT course builds on young people’s love of digital devices. It explores how technology impacts on every aspect of our daily lives: learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and well being and on the move. It will teach students to be ‘savvy IT users’, who understand the risks as well as the benefits and use ICT safely and responsibly. The nature of the Coursework, with its emphasis on the creative side of IT helps develop important transferable skills including problem solving, creative thinking and collaborative working.

Key Stage 5


Again at KS5 we offer both a Computer Science option and an IT one.

Computer Science

We follow the AQA GCE Specification for this course and is a Linear A Level course.

80% exam with 2 exam papers Paper 1 is a practical programming exam and Paper 2 a traditional theory exam. 20% coursework.

Computational thinking is at the core of Computer Science. It allows us to model problems in ways that enable us to develop effective solutions using skills like abstraction, inference and algorithm design. Students choosing our Computer Science A-level qualifications will be well-prepared to take on the challenges of the modern world. A world in which the impact of computing on all individuals and groups will continue to increase and the need for problem-solvers able to meet these challenges head-on is paramount.

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT

This is an A Level equivalent course and is worth the same UCAS points as any other A Level course.

50% Exam and 50% Coursework

This course is for highly motivated students who want to develop the knowledge and skills needed to become a competent ICT user. The Cambridge Technical qualification is more practical than a traditional A-level and the skills acquired will support further study towards an application development route in IT.  Over the course of the two years’ students undertake three pieces of coursework the focus being on Application development. The world is increasingly reliant on applications that help individuals, business and organisations achieve specific activities or purposes. During the coursework you will explore potential ideas for a new application and develop the fundamental design for it. You will then develop the designs for an application and how users will interact with it. The application that you will design could be for any sector and for any purpose. You will have the opportunity to present your ideas, prototype them and gain feedback before refining your design.