ICT

The ICT department’s main aim is to help students develop skills that will genuinely aid them in the future, whether in terms of going on to further studies or in the workplace. We attempt to expand on the students existing ICT skills in a way that gives them a sense of the practical purposes of their increased knowledge.

All students study and develop the established common set of ICT skills. They are helped to develop their ability with Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentation Software, and Databases as a starting point.

As much as possible though, we try to introduce the students to aspects of ICT that they have not experienced in the past. We introduce them to more creative uses of ICT, such as developing their skills manipulating digital images with Photoshop, creating computer graphics, designing websites, editing video and audio, some basic programming, and designing animations.

Qualifications suit the students’ individual needs. At Key Stage Three students get the opportunity to see their efforts rewarded through working towards the AQA Unit Awards. At Key Stage Four some students may complete the Entry Level Certificate; many will achieve a Level 2 qualification through the ECDL qualification.

Students at Key Stage 4 also follow a programme of Functional Skills.