Information and Communication Technology is different from most subjects in that pupils may spend a lot of time on computers outside of School and, therefore, come with a wide range of abilities when they join the School. Our aim is that every pupil, whether they specialise in ICT or not, should reach at least a certain minimum standard so that other academic departments can rely on their skills and that the pupils can function in an increasingly ICT dependent world.
The department’s aims are:
- To develop, maintain and stimulate pupils’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in ICT and to encourage pupils to have open, enquiring minds and to perceive ICT in the context of a wider body of knowledge, skills and vocabulary. Pupils should become autonomous users of ICT with the associated skills supporting life long study, the pursuit of personal interests and prospective employment in a modern technological society;
- To enable pupils to acquire appropriate, transferable ICT skills, knowledge and understanding. All staff should then feel confident that pupils have a basic level of ICT capability that can be applied to pupils’ learning in other areas of the Curriculum. Pupils should feel confident enough with their transferable skills that they are encouraged to use unfamiliar software;
- To enable all pupils to have equal access to ICT and to experience success in their work;
- To allow pupils to develop informed opinions about their ICT and to be able to support them by reasoned arguments;
- To enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as safety awareness, politeness, perseverance, concern for others, initiative and independence.
Where pupils choose to specialise in ICT there is the opportunity to study at GCSE, AS and A Level, and the ICT facilities are available throughout the day and on a number of evenings.