Computer Science & ICT

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: davidbell@jkhs.org.uk
    Mrs L Lown – Second in Department, email: l.lown@jkhs.org.uk
    Mrs L Rundu
    Miss C Williams
    Mr J Foward
    Mr J Deuchar
    Mr N Pritchard

  • 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 Computer Science 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
    1Using Computers Safely, Effectively and Responsibly Computer Crime and Cyber SecurityWeb Development Project
    2Spreadsheet ModellingIntroduction to PythonPython Next Steps
    3Understanding ComputersDigital Video and SoundNetworks
    4Modelling in Small BasicHTML and Web DevelopmentDatabase Development
    5GraphicsProgramming with GameMakerSpreadsheets
  • Key Stage 4

    We currently offer:

    Creative iMedia Level 1/2 Certificate

    Digital Media is a key part of many areas of our everyday lives. Production of digital media products is a requirement of almost every business so there is huge demand for a skilled and digitally literate workforce.

    This qualification will help students develop specific and transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts. The iMedia Certificate consists of 4 units:

    1. Pre-production Skills – Written Paper – 75 minutes
    2. RO82 Creating Digital Graphics – Internally Assessed Unit
    3. RO85 – Creating a Multi-page Website – Internally Assessed Unit
    4. One further internally assessed unit chosen in year 11


    Edexcel GCSE Computer Science (9-1; 2016)  which comprises:-

    Component 1: Principles of Computer Science (*Paper code: 1CP1/01) (Externally assessed paper, 100 mins, 80 marks, 40%)

    Component 2: Application of Computational Thinking (*Paper code: 1CP1/02) (Externally assessed paper, 120 mins, 80 marks, 40%)

    Component 3: Project (*Paper code: 1CP1/3A-3E) (Non-examined Assessment, 20 hours, 60 marks, 20%)


  • Key Stage 5

    Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Information Technology

    This comprises 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%). IT covers a range of topics including Information Technology Systems, Creating Systems to Manage Information, Using Social Media for Business and Website Development.

    This qualification is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage andshare information, alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses.

    BTEC Level 3 Specification

    OCR GCE AS and A Level Computer Science (H046; H446)

    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 – Computing principles (01) 70 marks 1 hour and 15 minutes written paper, 50% of AS
    • Paper 2: Algorithms and problem solving (02) 70 marks 1 hour and 15 minutes written paper, 50% of AS

    AS level Computer Science

    A Level Computer Science

    • Paper 1: Computer systems (01) 140 marks 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper 40% of A level
    • Paper 2: Algorithms and programming (02) 140 marks 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper 40% of A level
    • Programming project: 70 marks Non-exam assessment , 20% of A level

    A level Computer Science