ICT & Computing

Overview

We rely on the exchange and presentation of information, so it's crucial for students to have the confidence and skills in ICT and Computing to be able to handle this. This applies to them in their school life, and also further ahead to their university and professional career.  The department delivers courses to equip students with these skills, with the aim of keeping content as relevant and as current as possible. In this way, we hope to give students the ability to flourish in a rapidly changing landscape.  

Aims of ICT and Computing

ICT

Computing

The skills to use the correct software to communicate effectively

The opportunity to be creative and program systems and websites

An understanding of key Office programs 

A blend of skills that include logic and problem-solving

An awareness of how to stay safe online 

The knowledge and confidence to create, analyse and interpret code

Curriculum Structure
Upper 3 (Year 7) and Lower 4 (Year 8)

Development of skills in ICT and Computer Science

Upper 4 (Year 9) and Lower 5 (Year 10) Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) qualification (core)
   
Lower 5 (Year 10) and Upper 5 (Year 11) GCSE Computer Science (option)

 

ICT and Computer Science Qualifications
In our ICT curriculum, our final cohort of students are completing the IGCSE in ICT, whilst we introduce the new Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) qualification. MOS covers the use of Office programs to an expert level and will be studied by all students in Upper 4 and Lower 5 (Years 9 and 10). This is a business-level course and is widely recognised by universities, organisations and companies, including Cambridge University, the NHS and Deloitte.

The Computer Science curriculum builds logical and programming skills, giving students the opportunity to create their own programs, games and systems. A range of programming languages are offered: Scratch, HTML, JavaScript and Python. Students opt to take GCSE Computer Science and may continue their study through to A Level.

 

ICT & Computing Staff

Mrs Davina Byrne - Lead Teacher of ICT
BSc (Hons) Farnborough, PCET QTS (ICT)

davina.byrne@stcatherines.info
Has taught at St Catherine’s since 2009 but was a pupil at the school from 1988 to 1993. She studied Media Production and Technology for her degree at Farnborough, but then re-trained in ICT a few years later, before progressing into teaching. Prior to teaching at St Catherine’s, she worked as a Deputy Manager of a local community Outreach centre focusing on encouraging adults back into learning how to use computers. Her extra-curricular enthusiasms include: cycling, singing and glass painting.

Miss Sandra Morris - Lead Teacher of Computing
BSc (Hons) Surrey, Computing and IT, QTS
sandra.morris@stcatherines.info

Joined St Catherine's in 2017, where her main focus is the introduction of GCSE Computer Science. Miss Morris previously worked as Head of Computing at St George’s College in Weybridge. Here, she introduced and taught both GCSE and A-Level Computer Science. Before this she worked in industry, at IBM’s headquarters in North Harbour developing systems using Lotus Notes. Her extra-curricular enthusiasms include: cinema, carpentry and London.