Welcome to the ICT Department
Information Communication Technology is very important in todays world. Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM in 1943 said, "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." How wrong he was. We now live in a world where computers are everywhere and are invading our lives in ways we can't even imagine. This change in computer technology has been swift. Technology is everywhere, areas of our lives once reserved for face-to-face communication. Mobile phones, digital TV, Wi Fi, broadband, chip & pin credit cards, facebook, myspace, computer dating, e-commerce, and the list goes on. Technology has also come to take over jobs that are too tedious, dangerous or expensive to be performed by humans, with new job opportunities and careers being created while others have vanished forever.
From September 2012 we have around 450 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 11 designated ICT rooms 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.
Core ICT is compulsory for all years, from year 7 through to year 11, for 100 minutes a fortnight. As well as this, students have the opportunity when choosing their Key Stage 4 options to opt for additional ICT units, which looks at a wider range and use of ICT as well as build and expand upon the core they are doing.
In the 6th form students can choose to do single or double award A-level ICT.
Years 7, 8 & 9 (KS3) are working towards and developing their key ICT skills.
Years 10 & 11 (KS4) are following Functional Skills in ICT or the OCR National courses for ICT.
Years 12 & 13 (KS5) are following the OCR Single or Double Applied GCEs.
To find out more click on the appropriate course in the top left hand corner.