Sackville School

ICT/Computer Science

ICT skills and an understanding of modern computer systems are important for all pupils and we pride ourselves at Sackville on offering every student the opportunity to study ICT/Computing throughout the school and to use ICT across the curriculum.

In Years 7 and 8 students develop their practical ICT skills using the most common types of software applications that are used in a business environment.  They also learn about programming and how computers can be used to control things such as traffic lights, car park barriers and the BBC Microbit programmable device. Students are taught about internet safety, how to protect themselves online and the care needed when using social media. Year 9 students continue to extend their ICT skills and explore other programming environments such as Scratch, Kodu and Python.

During Years 10 and 11 all pupils follow an ICT course leading to the Functional Skills ICT qualification (usually at level 2). Pupils who have developed an interest in programming are also able to opt for the GCSE Computer Science course. The GCSE Business Studies option also includes many opportunities for pupils to apply their ICT skills in a business context. 

ICT/Computing courses are offered in the Sixth Form to meet the needs of individual students. The present course leads to the Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Information Technology.

Pupils are able to gain access to a computer room at lunchtime or after school for private study purposes and a ‘Coding Club’ allows pupils to develop their programming skills at lunchtimes.

 

The Importance of ICT

"Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one"
Bill Gates