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Computer Science

Computer Science staff

Mr A Ward, Head of ICT
Miss V Morris
Mr M Turner

Computer Science

“The computer was born to solve problems that did not exist before.”
— Bill Gates

As a department we aim to deliver exciting and challenging lessons utilizing strategy guidelines and GCSE specifications. We use these as guidance to our teaching and learning and support it by endeavouring to ensure that students:

  • experience exciting and interesting Computer Science lessons. Each Computer Science lesson consists of a series of activities in order to provide variety and challenge to the lesson.
  • are actively involved in the lesson, thinking hard, being challenged, aware of objectives and outcomes and assisting each other where necessary.
  • are able to be resilient and not worried about getting things wrong.
  • have extra support if they are not living up to their potential. We benefit in many of our lessons by the support of dedicated and highly skilled Teaching Assistants.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 the fundamental under lying principle is that of problem solving. This is underpinned by Computational Thinking where the four cornerstones are:

  • pattern recognition: looking for similarities among and within problems.
  • decomposition: breaking a problem down into sub-sets.
  • abstraction: focusing on the important information only, ignoring irrelevant detail.
  • algorithms: developing a step-by-step solution to the problem.

We aim to deliver these through a variety of different strategies: some paper based, some using computers, some using programming languages and others are very logical problems! Further to this we have a good relationship with the Cyber Security industry and use ciphers, obfuscation etc and our thinking skills to solve Cyber Security problems: this includes taking part in both national and international competitions. Students in KS3 work at GCSE level in many of the units.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 we deliver the OCR Computer Science GCSE. The aims and objectives of the qualification are below.

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation.
  • Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs.
  • Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
  • Understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems.
  • Understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society.

Students do compete in a number of challenges: the key one being the CyberDiscovery program where students work to degree level using industry standard forensic tools and Operating Systems for analysis, defensive and offensive cyber tasks. Some of our students have the opportunity to take part in both trips and work placements to and in Cyber Security organisations.

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