If we are to prepare our students for the workplace, then they need to be equipped with Computing and ICT skills to support the wide variety of demands that may be placed upon them. Here at Battle Abbey Senior School, Computing and ICT are seen as an integral part of the curriculum which is why it is taught as a dedicated subject for years 7 – 9 as well as being used across the curriculum. During lessons at Key Stage 3 students learn to program various computer languages, effectively use significant business software and compose logical steps together to solve problems. Our Computing & ICT curriculum allows students to show their creativity and is essentially problem solving with computers.
Students may choose to study Computer Science as one of their optional GCSE subjects. The Department offers AQA’s GCSE. Students learn a range of programming languages such as Python as well as getting ‘hands on’ with a range of computer hardware. The course encourages students to be fast and efficient in working with technology and enables them to be highly competent problem solvers.
A level Computer Science is also offered in the sixth form. This is quite a rigorous A Level which challenges students throughout. During lessons students are required to study a range of topics covering every aspect of Computer science from Big Data to Cybersecurity. There is also a large practical element to the course where they undertake a complex project in which they are required to create a Program to solve a problem of their choice using a high-level language.
The Computing department is proud of our custom-made resources and provide lessons which enhance students’ strengths, teaching not only the basic knowledge but the application of that knowledge into different computational contexts. We offer ‘extend and challenge’ support as well as provision for students who need a bit more support. We have some very talented coders coming though and we strive to encourage their progression through clubs and competitions.
The Department is staffed by highly experienced Computing & IT specialists who strive to give students the high level of Computing & ICT skills expected at Battle Abbey School, and who bring practical experience to the teaching of Computing and ICT. The school has two well-resourced IT suites and a range of hardware and software that are used for teaching the subject.