Program or be programmed!
Computing is taught throughout the school by specialist staff. At present, the department consists of two full-time teachers. The school benefits from excellent computing facilities.
The aims of the department are:
• To provide pupils with opportunities to develop their computing capabilities
• To allow pupils to gain confidence and enjoyment from their computing activities and to develop skills which enhance and extend their learning
• To develop pupils’ awareness of the use of computers in a variety of contexts both in the classroom and in everyday life
• To develop pupils who are critical users of computers, capable of evaluating both the potential and the limitations of computers
• To encourage pupils to become autonomous, independent computer users, able to develop their own programs and effectively utilise existing software
Computing is a core subject in Years 7 – 9. Years 10 and 11 may study computer science as a GCSE, and in the sixth form, computer science is offered as an A-level subject.
Pupils learn to use a range of software programs including:
• Scratch programming environment
• Python programming
• HTML programming
• Word processing
• Presentation software
• Image editing
• Video editing
• Drawing and animation
• Desktop publishing
• Web authoring
• Audio recording and editing
• BBC micro:bit
• Visual Studio
The girls learn how to control a computer by means of programming and they develop their knowledge of the Python language and the concepts involved in creating an efficient program.
Extracurricular activities include a computer club where girls can develop a range of software skills and explore the Raspberry Pi device, and there are a number of competitions such as the Grok Coding and Computational Thinkingcompetitions that the girls can enter to test out their skills and knowledge in a range of disciplines.