Welcome to the Information Communication Technology (ICT) webpage. The aims of the department are to meet National Curriculum requirements in ICT; help other curriculum areas achieve National Curriculum requirements through the support of ICT; allow staff and children to gain confidence in and enjoyment from, the use of ICT. We strive to enable children to develop specific ICT skills as set down in the academy's scheme of work; ensure that staff and children alike understand the capabilities and limitations of ICT and gain insight into the implications of its development for society; allow staff to develop professionally by enhancing their teaching skills, management skills and administrative skills.
Mr S.Walker : Curriculum Leader ICT
Mr. D. Burrin – Teacher
Teaching takes place in a well-equipped suite of rooms, each with an interactive whiteboard. All computers in the department and around the academy enable students and staff to access the Internet and their personal email. In common with the ethos of the school, we aim to give our students increasing responsibility for their learning whilst meeting their needs as individuals within a supportive structure. Students are taught in mixed ability groups with an approximate teacher-student ratio of 1:24. Across Key Stages, an emphasis is placed on differentiated learning opportunities. This is achieved using the SPT Learning Platform where students can access lessons and resources from a secure web site.Teaching
Key Stage 5
At KS5 we offer A-Level in ICT. There are four units completed over two years and cover “Practical problem solving in the digital world”, “Living in the digital world”, “The use of ICT in the digital world” and the completion of a major ICT system based project.
Key Stage 4
At KS4 all students have the opportunity to take a course in ICT; students can opt to take the vocational BTEC Level 2 ICT Extended Certificate course where they will develop their ICT skills in units that include “Working in ICT”, “Graphic Design” and “Games Design”, or student can opt for the GCSE Single award - This course will develop students understanding of ICT as well as its practical use through two units “Living in the Digital World” an exam based unit and “Using Digital Tools” a Controlled Assessment which is carried out in the classroom.
Key Stage 3
At KS3, Years 7, 8 and 9, all students have one period of ICT per week, with all classes being taught by a subject specialist. ICT teaching groups are small enough to guarantee each student has access to a computer during lessons. The students follow a bespoke ICT course aimed at developing their ICT skills in a range of areas from E-Safety to Software Development in order to support their future use of ICT.