ICT is a strong, vocational subject which equips pupils with the skills they need to excel in a business context. Unlike Computer Science, it is predominantly a hands-on subject.
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 lifelong learning, 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.