Communication is essential to the Gospel. Without it, the messages that we were called to proclaim and express would never reach out. Our modern technology gives us a greater opportunity to learn about Christ and to spread his message.
The Computing Department is part of a Catholic Christian Community and has a mission to promote the use of Computing, to enhance understanding, knowledge and appreciation of God’s universe.
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. 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 literate – 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 a digital world.
In fulfilling our mission we will provide resources, time and a comfortable environment to allow every pupil to:
understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation;
analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems;
evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems;
learn to be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
The department is committed to delivering an education that equips learners for life in the Information Age of the 21st Century. We whole heartedly believe that Computing is a hugely powerful medium for transforming teaching and enabling the learning process to be enhanced, extended and enriched. Our aim is to foster and develop such experiences for our pupils.
To develop, maintain and stimulate pupils' curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Computing and to encourage pupils to have open, enquiring minds and to perceive Computing in the context of a wider body of knowledge, skills and vocabulary. Pupils should ideally become autonomous users of ICT with the associated skills supporting life long study, the pursuit of personal interests and prospective employment in a modern technological society.
To enable pupils to acquire appropriate, transferable Computing skills, knowledge and understanding. To develop pupils’ confidence and practical skills in using the Computing across the curriculum.
To promote an informed use of computers in a manner which does not compromise health and safety. To help pupils to acquire the language associated with Computing and to use this correctly.
To offer innovative approaches to learning and to assist pupils to become effective at managing their own learning and to encourage them to become independent self learners and participate in e learning environments.
To provide the opportunity for all students to gain a Computing qualification.
Young people need the skills, knowledge, and confidence to understand the digital world in which we live. In both their school and personal life, they will use technology to develop solutions to problems. An understanding of the technical, societal, and ethical aspects of technology will help them critically evaluate emerging applications and technologies.
The Computing Department provides opportunities to enhance the skills and knowledge required to be an effective, safe, and discerning user of computer systems.
These are the six themes for digital literacy across the national curriculum:
● Use of devices and applications
● Handling and storing data and information
● Design, creation, and editing of content
● Communication using technology
● Online safety
● Moral and ethical behaviour relating to technology
E-safety and Cyber security.
Using basic algorithms to solve problems.
Basic coding and problem solving.
Networks and the Internet.
Understanding how computers work.
Introduction to Python.
Year 10 & 11
GCSE Computer Science