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 successful and specialist staff work hard to ensure our students success at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.

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 GCSE, 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 in the long run.

At Key Stage 4, students have the option to study ICT within a vocational context or OCR 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.

At Key Stage 5, students can study the BTEC Computing Extended Certificate Level 3 or 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. It is 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. 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