In Computing we aim to develop students’ interest in how computers work and empower them to build and program computers (and networks of computers) independently. Having an understanding of what is going on inside a computer and a computer program enables students to interact with computers in a smarter, safer and more efficient way.
We have a Coding Club on a Wednesday lunchtime for students from years 7 to 13 where we explore coding. Students have used a number of languages and platforms. These include:
Students also have the opportunity to enter competitions and they have had success at a regional and international level in programming and robotics
- Python on Raspberry Pi computers. Examples of projects completed so far include a light activated camera, a password protected burglar alarm and network of linked Raspberry Pis.
- PICAXE microcontrollers. Examples of projects include a line following robot and traffic lights
- Mr Cronk, Head of Computing and IT
WHO WE ARE
Mr Cronk Head of Computing and IT
Miss Slater Computing Teacher
WHAT WE DO
In Year 7 the students are given an introduction to computer science, looking at how computers work and how to program them and in Year 8 the students develop their programming skills and learn how computers can be linked through a network.
At KS4 we offer AQA Computer Science GCSE. This gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.
At KS5 we offer AQA Computer Science A-level. This is a highly demanding course that builds on the GCSE course and tackles topics such as object oriented programming, functional programming and big data.
Students of any age are welcome to Coding Club but the club is aimed at Year 8 upwards. Students can take part in competitions or simply work on projects to develop their coding skills.
Students have recently taken part in the Bournemouth University Coding Challenge. This competition asked them to address Health and Fitness through coding producing a game, gadget, app, poster, infographic, animation or any other such creation as long as it is evident that there has been coding involved in the creation.
We were very successful last year with all the three teams we entered reaching the final and two of them being Highly Commended.
One student recently won second prize in the Microsoft Imagine Cup Earth, a global competition.
An all-girl robotics team made it to the national finals of the VEX EDR competition and have their sights on the world finals next year.