The Lower School programme in ICT aims to enable each child to achieve a minimum standard of computer literacy; to be confident, competent computer users by the end of Year 8, so that they can take advantage of these vital skills in their future studies. They will experience using computers to support their other subjects and learn more advanced skills each year in the use of software such as Publisher, Word Processing, Excel Spreadsheets and Powerpoint.
In Year 9 the focus is on the use of computer software to solve problems and analyse large amounts of data as well as using technology to create effective presentations. The latter part of the course allows pupils to learn to present to larger groups in theatre settings - a key skill for later use in their academic career.
As pupils move into their GCSE years ICT becomes an option subject. At GCSE we introduce pupils to programs that they may not have used before and may find interesting.
Examples of packages that we use are:
Pupils may opt to continue their ICT studies into the Sixth Form at A Level. There is a wealth of opportunity for those aiming at career paths that lead to IT and computer-focused employment including programming, computer systems management, systems development and IT consultancy.
Further study options could involve the fields of computer science, software engineering, artificial intelligence, multimedia and many other computer-related subjects. This qualification will also assist in the use of computing in other subject areas such as business, management, engineering and science.