Curriculum Leader - ICT:

Miss McDonald


The ICT department have the use of several purpose built modern ICT suites to deliver an exciting curriculum that engages and motivates our boys.

In year 7 through to year 8 pupils will experience a wide range of ICT learning through the medium of their various subjects.  In this way pupils get to learn and use skills in the context of these subjects. This builds confident pupils that have skills that more easily transferred from one subject to the next.  

In Key Stage 4 (KS4) pupils can opt to study GCSE 9-1 Computer Science or Btec IT Technical Award. These exciting new courses delivers a wide range of ICT skills and knowledge. Some of this will be scenario based - designing a new mobile phone for a factious graphics company and some of it will be practical based – leaning new programming skills. Whilst some of the qualifications are  coursework based there are exams that pupils take. 



AQA A2 in Computer Science

Course Description:

Should you choose to study Computer Science?

The study of computation is about what can be computed and how to compute it. Computer Science involves questions that have the potential to change how we view the world. You will learn to think creatively, innovatively, analytically and logically as well as improve your communication and project management skills.

This course, with its emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, scientific and engineering-based thinking, is a good foundation for future study.

Course Content

At A-Level you will study the following topics: Fundamentals of Programming, Fundamentals of Data Structures, Fundamentals of Algorithms, Theory of Computation, Fundamentals of Data Representation, Fundamental of Computer Systems, Fundamentals of Computer Organisation and Architecture, Consequences of uses of Computing, Fundamentals of Communication and Networking, Fundamentals of Databases, Big Data, Fundamentals of Functional Programming, and Systematic Approach to Problem Solving.  You will also complete a practical non-exam assessment – the computing practical project, designed to encourage students to do an investigative project on a topic of particular interest to them.

Entry Requirements

You need to have achieved a minimum of Grade B in GCSE ICT or Grade 6 in GCSE Computer Science and Grade 5 in GCSE Maths to be considered for this course. 


Assessment is at the end of Year 13 only:

Paper 1 – On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40%)

Paper 2 – Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40%)

Non-exam practical assessment – 75 marks (20%)


Higher Education and Possible Careers

The course will give students a clear progression into higher education. 


Further Information & Reading

AQA A-Level Computer Science – ISBN 978-1-471-83951-1


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Who do I see for more information

Miss MacDonald 



The ICT staff are fully committed to the continuous development of the department. This commitment is demonstrated in the high quality of planning, teaching and pupil feedback. Often staff will open up an ICT suite at other times to ensure that pupils have the best opportunity to succeed. 

Full time ICT teachers:

Delorise MacDonald and Afrana Riaz

The network team consists of ICT Technicians - Mick Wakeling and Gordon Cock. All support both the department and the wider school ICT and administrative needs.


The school’s ICT facilities have grown exponentially in recent years. Every classroom has a networked pc linked to a projector and all the necessary hardware and software needed to deliver the ICT curriculum.