Computer Science

The Computing department offers a varied and challenging curriculum for our Senior School students, with students from Upper 3 (Year 7) to Upper 4 (Year 9) enjoying at least one Computing lesson each week.

The main focus over the last year has been the continued development of computer programming and coding, with students creating and programming their own App for mobile devices and working with Microbits to create a range of devices. Students are also given the opportunity to display their creative side, designing their own DVD covers using Photoshop, creating Art Deco inspired posters using Illustrator and producing business websites. This is combined with a range of ICT skills that will be used cross-curricular, such as Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Databases, plus our students study Digital Literacy. This teaches our students how to be safe and mindful whilst online and promotes a range of discussions about moral and ethical uses of online technology.

Computing at SchoolAll students have access to three computer rooms, with up-to-date PCs connected to the school’s LAN (local area network). In addition, there is a bank of laptop computers which have wireless connections to the school’s network and can be used anywhere on the school site. Each department has its own computers running specialist software. White boards and projectors can be found in laboratories and classrooms throughout the school. We update our computer systems each year so that our students have high quality technology at their fingertips.

The school’s Virtual Learning Platform and individual E-Portfolios, which students have access to inside and outside school, provide access to a wide range of materials and information to support learning across the whole curriculum. A wide range of software is available for use including the Adobe Creative Suite: Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Flash, Premier and Illustrator. The department also has a video editing and animation suite along with access to a range of digital video cameras, digital cameras and iPads. These are used within Computing lessons and as part of the extra-curricular programme.

Every student is allocated file space on the network servers in which to store her school work. The network also provides internet access with external email and the internet. All users are expected to act responsibly; every student signs an Acceptable User Policy and staff provide tutorials for students and parents on safe use of the internet.

GCSE

As from September 2017, we will be offering GCSE Computing with OCR. This course enables students to learn about the fundamentals of computer systems, computing hardware, software, representation of data in computer systems, databases, computer communications, networking and programming.

Our girls will also have a range of guest speakers on the course, with the aim of educating and encouraging in relation to a career in Technology and the options available to them.

Useful Links

Digital Parenting magazine (download)

code.org
codecademy
Tynker
code.org
Common Sense Media
UK Safer Internet Centre
Think U Know
The Barefoot Project
Computing at School
BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT
The Tech Partnership