Welcome to the ICT and Computing Department
Meet Our Staff
- Miss D Bond (Head of Department)
- Mr P Gould (Second in Department)
- Mr C Tench (Head of Media Studies)
- Mr P Crawford
- Mrs M Higgins
- Mr P Lynch
- Mr A Jackson
- Mrs E Langley
- Miss A Dowling
- Mrs E Duffy
Our curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides learners with the best opportunities to be successful in their learning. Our principles focus on depth not just breadth by creating a mastery within the curriculum, which stretches learners and accelerates their progress over their 7 year learning journey at our college. In this section of the website you will find the subject intent, implementation and impact.
Alongside this, are our long and medium term plans which enable all stakeholders to have a clear understanding of the content, knowledge and skills taught within this curriculum area. The long term plan also outlines the cultural capital experiences and career opportunities learners have within the subject, as well as our tailored approach to supporting learners' metacognitive processes. Further to these documents, the discrete sequencing of lessons are in the College's bespoke schemes of work that can be accessed through departments.
'Only the best will do!'
What exactly do they learn?
The main parts of the course are to research, design, create and test a series of electronic products based on a real world ICT scenario. Students will learn software that allows creative design and also practical analysis, e.g spreadsheet modelling.
There are many opportunities for students to develop knowledge and research skills and independently look at statistical data online or using their own primary research and analysis.
The pathway from key stage 4 to key stage 5 is currently a level 3 BTEC course in ICT, which incorporates units taught as well as introducing other disciplines such as database relationship management.
What did they learn at primary?
We welcome the year 5 and 6 students for Primary transition days were the students will take part in a marketing activity which can sell the benefits of a product or scenario. At KS2 students will already be familiar with some basic concepts such as relationships and entities and this will allow them to build on their existing knowledge base.
How do you measure attainment and progress?
The students are formally throughout the year. This will be with a formal mock exam or in class assessment Portfolio work is marked and graded in accordance with the BTEC specification. The students will have one opportunity to attempt and achieve the merit and distinction grade work regardless of target grade.
The students all receive feedback on how they can move from a pass to merit or merit to distinction.
What order do you teach things in and why?
The units within the subject are taught so that the learners have the opportunity to learn about the different characteristics needed to be a successful in this sector and the requirements for employment within it. The synoptic units, which incorporate previous learning are taught at the end of the course to ensure that all key timescales are met.
What's the purpose of teaching your subject?
The student’s knowledge and skills set improves and new skills are developed which include communication skills, presentational skills, team working, leadership, resilience and most importantly the students learn how to work independently.
How do you know that you have a 'good' curriculum?
The outcomes for the students are excellent with a high percentage of the students achieving a grade 4 or above.
How do you enrich your subject outside the classroom?
The career opportunities are vast within the ICT sector. The enrichment opportunities can be accessed through work experience and working with guest speakers to encourage resilience and creativity amongst the student groups.