Business, Computer Science & ICT

Business and Computing in the 21st century is conducted in a way which was beyond imagining some decades ago.  This is thanks partly to the constantly evolving internet, which has revolutionised almost every aspect of our working and social lives – and coupled with the new technologies and hardware that are now part of day-to-day life.

In Business and Computing we aim to enable every child to leave school with an accredited qualification.  We strive to reduce the attainment gap between groups of students by making effective use of data to inform teaching and learning and by constantly developing our skills as a teaching team.

We aim to support pupils to understand the key skills and processes they need to develop and progress.  We are constantly developing a curriculum that involves a range of tasks and activities to support and challenge learners of all abilities, and to become independent, life-long learners.

All KS3 students are taught ICT in Years 7,8 & 9. This equates to one period every fortnight.

Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.  The core of computing is computer science in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.  Building on this knowledge and understanding pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.  Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally iterate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in the digital world.  We also inform students on how to behave responsibly and safely when using social media.

KS4 students choosing to study Computer Science will complete a GCSE delivered over a 2 year period.  This equates to 5 periods every 2 weeks.

KS4 students choosing to study Business will follow the AQA Business course delivered over a 2 year period.  This equates to 5 periods every 2 weeks.

The Sixth Form currently offers AS and A-levels in Business (AQA) and ICT (OCR) - Year 13 only.