Computing and ICT

The King John School is a Maths and Computing specialist school. As such, we are exceptionally proud of the facilities and dedicated staff we offer our Computing and ICT students. Our curriculum provides all students with a high-quality educational experience, which reflect high expectation, equipping students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world!

From Year 7 we ensure that pupils have a strong knowledge of Computing and ICT. As well as building the foundations of the course requirements for Key Stage 4, should they take the subject as an option. We also understand the importance of having strong Computing and ICT knowledge in the modern world. It is absolutely fundamental that we build this knowledge in our students from the start so we ensure success in all our subjects. We provide a blended curriculum, designed to give students experience of both ICT and computer science, which prepares them for their next steps.

At Key Stage 4, students have the option to study BTEC Digital Information Technology or GCSE Computer Science. These courses are designed to support learners who are interested in Computing/ICT and will give them the skills to enable them to progress to Key Stage 5.

BTEC Digital Information Technology Tech Award has been designed for learners who want to acquire technical knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by studying the knowledge, understanding and skills related to data management, data interpretation, data presentation and data protection as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs. The qualification will broaden the learners experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.

GCSE Computer Science students are introduced to core principles of computer science and develop skills in problem solving and computational thinking. This builds on skills learnt in Key Stage 3. Following on from more visual programming environments using high-level programming languages.

At Key Stage 5, students can study the BTEC Computing Extended Certificate Level 3 or/and BTEC Information Technology Extended Certificate Level 3. These qualifications are designed to support learners who are interested in learning about the computing/ICT sector, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses. They are designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

The Computing and ICT department are also leading the way with tailoring our students learning. In keeping with our modern approach, we also ensure all our facilities are up to date, using the latest software where possible. For after all in just a few years’ time these students will be working on hardware that has not been conceived yet, regardless if they seek a career in ICT or not.

“The PC has improved the world in just about every area you can think of. Amazing developments in communications, collaboration and efficiencies. New kinds of entertainment and social media. Access to information and the ability to give a voice people who would never have been heard”
Bill Gates