Computing Department Aims

The aim of Computing is to provide students with the tools and skills to be authors and creators, not just consumers of ICT.  In an ever changing technological world, we aim to ensure that all students can embrace new technology and use it to improve learning. Students are given opportunities to develop their ICT skills but also to learn computer programming using software such as Scratch, Visual Basic and Python.   In Years 9, 10 and 11 students follow a personalised pathway with either GCSE Computing or a vocational ICT qualification being undertaken.  The importance of e-safety is a recurring theme each year.

The Computing department is well resourced with four main IT suites of 34 stations. Additionally there are another 8 IT suites in the school. In total over the school there are over 400.

– To support students to be creators and authors, not merely consumers.

– To support students to think critically about information that they are digesting.

– To provide students with the skills to embrace and utilise new technology.

– To ensure that all students are safe when using new technologies.

Computing forms part of the National Curriculum, it’s delivery being compulsory at all Key Stages.

For information regarding the ICT department, including policies and facilities provided for staff and students please select a link below

Student ICT Handbook

Staff ICT Handbook

 Computing Staff

Mr C Challinor (Head of Department)

Mr P. Challinor (Teacher of Computing, Assistant Head)

Mr J Millington (Teacher of Computing)

Mr J Allen (Teacher of  Geography and Computing)


Computing Menu

Computing Curriculum Overview

KS3 – Years 7 and 8

KS4 – Years 9 , 10 and 11

KS5 – Years 12 and 13


Assessment Framework

How can I help support my child’s learning in Computing?

How to guides- links to tutorials


Useful Websites

OCR (for the OCR GCSE Computing  and Creative iMedia  and also for A Level Computing and ICT courses)

W3Schools (web programming guidance)

Code Academy(Learn to code interactively, free of charge) (free downloads)


Extra Curricular

The department will be running a weekly Computing club in B4 for Year 7 and Year 8 students. The club will explore multiple languages, including VB, Python and even HTML. Watch this space for more information.

In addition to this, B1 is open for completing Computing and ICT homework and coursework between 12.30 and 1.00pm every day. The ICT supervisors (Y9 and Y10 students who volunteer their time) are always on hand to help and to make sure that everything runs smoothly.