“Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes… Science is not about tools, it is about how we use them and what we find out when we do.”Michael Fellow & Ian Parberry
A high-quality Computer Science education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Underrepresented in this field, we aim to inspire our girls to make up the next generation of Computer Scientists.
The subject has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, providing insights into both natural and artificial systems. Our curriculum is challenging and exciting, enabling pupils to explore a plethora of programming languages, all delivered in our newly renovated and custom-built computer suites by a faculty that includes seasoned industry veterans and Computer Science graduates.
Years 7 – 9
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum covers a wide range of study including computational abstraction, key algorithms that reflect computational thinking, programming, Boolean logic, understanding technology, app design, hardware and software components. Delivered to furnish all students with crucial thinking skills and the chance to work on exciting individual projects while also providing the perfect
stepping stone onto further study.
Pupils follow the OCR GCSE course which teaches them to develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in Computer Science. Pupils develop and apply their analytical, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills while becoming well versed in how changes in technology affect the world around them. These skills are beneficial both inside and outside the subject, as the ability to break down problems and systematically deal with them is a valuable life skill.
We run a number of regularly attended Code Clubs over a typical week, investigating the limitless range of topics on offer through Computer Science. These take the form of independent and supported activities and are often delivered in relation to national competitions, with pupils taking part in:
- BAFTA Game Design & Development
- BEBRAS Computational Thinking
- Apps For Good
- CyberFirst Girl’s Competition
- HM Government’s Cyber Discovery tbc