At KS3, the ICT department seeks to give students a wide-ranging experience of the modern computerised world. This includes units addressing the issues of staying safe online (initially in Year 7 and revisited in Year 9) and takes in a whole host of different applications and aspects, from movie editing on the one hand to the technicalities of HTML5, CSS3 and the functioning of the Web on the other.
At KS4, students who opt to pursue ICT work towards OCR iTQ Award, Certificate or Extended Certificate – depending on their ability. The ITQ provides an up-to-date, nationally recognised IT user qualification tailored to business and individual needs. Over three-quarters (77%) of the UK workforce use IT in their jobs, but 1 in 10 businesses say there are gaps in the IT skills they need. The ITQ is helping to fill these gaps. The course is modular. The units studied are: Word Processing, Presentation Software, Imaging Software, Spreadsheet Software, Desk Top Publishing, Database Software, Web Design, Email Communication, and a compulsory unit for students working towards the Certificate and above – Improving Productivity Using IT.
Students also produce the Leavers’ Yearbook which is presented on the evening before the Year 11’s go off on Study Leave before their GCSEs.