Computing & IT

Computing and IT are two very important subjects; not just in terms of understanding the modern world around us, but also in helping with other subjects across the school. Within the Computing and IT Department we take the IT skills from Primary School and build on these to help students to learn how to create something for someone else. We also introduce the basics of Computing in Key Stage 3. In Key Stage 4 students are able to decide to continue with IT, or to extend their understanding of Computer Science by undertaking the GCSE Computer Science course. This is a new and exciting time for our Department, with the new Computing curriculum allowing us to utilise new technologies to help students to understand how computers can be used in a wide range of situations. We have five staff in the department, with significant IT and Computing experience.

  • Teaching Staff

    Mr D Bell – Head of Department, email:
    Mrs L Lown – Second in Department, email:
    Mr D Goodall
    Mr J Deuchar
    Miss C Williams

  • Key Stage 3

    All students who arrive at John Kyrle are issued with their own username and password to gain access to the extensive computer resources throughout the School. Nearly every classroom in the School has access to computer technology and many rooms have suites of computers for whole class use. There are four fully equipped computer suites within the Computing and IT area. Students do not share computers so that each can develop their individual skills, knowledge and understanding of Computing and IT.

    A range of Computing skills and concepts are taught through the use of a topical project. The skills covered at Key Stage 3 include Internet Safety, databases, spreadsheets, graphics, word processing, problem solving, computational thinking, programming, game-making and web design. The emphasis is on students applying the skills they already have to solve problems and involves the development of new skills to augment the skills students currently have.

    We aim to equip students with the Computing and IT skills needed to enable them to become increasingly independent and effective users of computers wherever they need to use it. Computing and IT is a fast-moving and rich area and we aim to engage pupils in this subject to give them the ability to not only solve problems but also apply their IT skills across a wide range of subjects.

    TermYear 7Year 8Year 9
    1Apps in Touch Develop Computer Crime and Cyber SecurityIntroduction to Python
    2Using Computers SafelyFirst Steps In Small BasicWeb Development Project
    3Spreadsheet ModellingSound ManipulationNetworking
    4GraphicsCreating a videoDatabase Development
    5Understanding ComputersProgramming with Game Maker.Modelling in Small Basic
    6Scratch Programming / ICT Literature project (Cross-curricular with the English Department.)Web Development & HTML Next steps in Python
  • Key Stage 4

    We currently offer:

    Pearson Edexcel GCSE ICT Single Award which comprises:-

    Unit 1 : Living in a Digital World (Externally assessed paper, 90 mins, 40%)

    Unit 2: Using Digital Tools (Controlled Assessment Brief, 40 hours, 60%)

    GCSE ICT Spec 2012.pdf

    OCR GCSE Computing  which comprises:-

    Unit A4s1: Computer Systems & Programming (Externally assessed paper, 90 mins, 40%)

    Unit A4S2: Practical Investigation (Controlled Assessment Brief, 20 hours, 30%)

    OCR GCSE Computing Specification

  • Key Stage 5

    BTEC Nationals Level 3 Information Technology Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

    The Mandatory Units are:
    Unit 1: Communication and Employability Skills for IT (1st Year)
    Unit 2: Computer Systems (1st year)
    Optional Units:
    There are 32 different optional units to choose from. These are selected by both staff and students and range from hardware-based units through to specialist software units, including Graphic Design and Software Development. Currently we offer the following Units:-

    Year 12 Units:-
    Digital Graphics (Unit 30 / 10 credits)

    These units can be ‘cashed-in’ for the AS equivalent points (BTEC Level 3 Certificate)

    Year 13 Units:-
    E-commerce (Unit 8 / 10 credits)
    Website Production (Unit 28 / 10 credits)
    Spreadsheet Modelling (Unit 42 / 10 credits)

    BTEC Level 3 IT Subsidiary Diploma Summary

    AQA GCE AS and A Level Computer Science (7516, 7517)

    About this course
    You will complete the AS and A2 Computer Science Course, which includes a number of different theoretical and practical elements, including computer hardware and software, computer programming, algorithms and algorithm design and computer networking.

    AS Computer Science
    Paper 1: On-screen exam, 90mins, 50% of AS

    Paper 2: Written exam, 90mins, 50% o f AS

    A Level Computer Science
    Paper 1: On-screen exam, 2 hours, 40% of A level

    Paper 2: Written exam, 2 hours, 40% of A level

    Non-exam assessment internally assessed, moderated by AQA, 20% of A level

    AQA Computer Science AS-A Level Specification