The Information and Communications Technology Department is well equipped to meet the challenges presented by technology today. As part of the core curriculum, all students are taught ICT and Computing topics in Key Stage 3 and have the option of GCSE ICT and/or Computer Science in Key Stage 4.
ICT is one of the fastest moving and most innovative departments within the school and the four well-resourced teaching rooms provide advanced access and support for students. The department is equipped with both colour and black laser printers, suites of computers and a large number of Raspberry Pi’s for use in a range of exciting programming and electronics activities. The school has also invested in Minecraft EDU to provide unique games-based learning experiences for our children.
It is the school’s policy to introduce computer-based skills into other subject lessons, wherever possible. Such cross curricular links underline and reinforce students’ ICT & digital literacy skills, making them aware of the responsibility of using computers safely, responsibly, and within the law.
At Key Stage 3, students develop computer skills and their understanding of ICT through a variety of different applications and projects including exposure to a range of computer science based activities. Students are acquire the tools and techniques of the various Microsoft Office packages through their Office 365 subscription. We aim to provide students with a broad range of skills that are vital in today’s digital world, such as App building, programing, computational thinking, and being a responsible digital citizen. They express their individuality and creativity by using multimedia software in interesting and dynamic ways such as writing games.
In Key stage 4 students are able to choose the WJEC GCSE in ICT or Computer Science. We offer an Introductory Dilpoma in IT at level three, equivalent to an AS/A2, and WJEC Computer Science is also offered at AS and A2 levels.
Business Studies gives students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of business in a vocational context. Students will learn about the factors involved in running small – medium sized businesses as well as corporations. The subject emphasises decision-making and develops communication, numeracy, analysis and evaluation skills. At all levels the subject makes ‘real’ connections with the world of employment and business.
Business Studies is an option taken for the first time as a separate subject in Year 10 - Key Stage 4
Students study two units. 1. The Business and its Environment and 2. Business Finance and Decision Making. Pupils are also offered the opportunity to visit the business organisation they are studying; this could be a visit to either a multinational supermarket such as Asda or a visitor attractions such as Chester Zoo, where they get a real insight into the running of a real business organisation.