We aim to develop students’ skills in the use of ICT in an ever changing digital world. We want them to be, and feel, confident in the use of ICT and their ability to use of a wide range of software. We hope they will realise how ICT can be used over a wide range of the curriculum.
The college has a large number of PCs and laptops. The ICT department has three dedicated rooms each well equipped with PCs and an electronic white board for teaching purposes.
Students in Years 7-8 have one discrete ICT lesson per week. They are taught in mixed ability groups of no more than 24. Schemes of work follow the National Curriculum and are regularly reviewed and updated. At the end of each unit pupils are assessed to reinforce their learning. Students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the level criteria. In Year 9 pupils taught on a rota with Music and Art. At the end of the Key Stage pupils are given a teacher assessment.
Students have the opportunity to opt to study ICT at Key Stage 4. We currently follow OCR Level 2 ICT Nationals. This involves completing up to eight units of study ranging from ICT skills in business to spreadsheets, datahandling, producing web pages, publications and interactive multimedia products.