High-quality Computing education equips students 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.
Through studying Computing we aim to ensure that all students:
· Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
· Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
· Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
· Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Currently we have around 500 networked computers in the school that students have access to. This gives a ratio of about 3:1 students to computers, which is very good. We have 9 designated computer rooms, including a Mac suit, and the other computers are spread out throught the school in department areas. On top of this all teaching rooms have a networked computer linked to a digital projector and sound system for class use.