About the Department

Head of Department: Ms M King

Other Teachers: Also teaching KS3 are Ms A Rout, Mrs F Khan, Mr N Draper and Ms L Peirce

What you will study:

At Key Stage 3, as a department we encourage the girls to learn independently and to solve problems for themselves. They will also share their knowledge and skills with their peers which encourages team building. Computational thinking is a valuable skill for understanding the world of technology and the curriculum allows them to link what they do in lessons to the world around them.

Course Content:

There are several opportunities for our students to use various applications. They will often use more than one piece of software and students will develop the skills to be able to choose suitable software, based on the problem or task assigned.

Year 7

Computational Thinking

Programming with the Micro:bit

Using Computers Safely, Effectively and Responsibly

Introduction to Spreadsheets

Using Media – Gaining support for a cause


Year 8

Computer Crime and Cyber Security

App design

Introduction to Python Programming

Spreadsheet Modelling

AI and machine learning

Year 9

Algorithms and Computational Thinking

AI and Wearable Technology


Podcast Project

Python programming

Animation project


The work completed by the students will be assessed in a number of ways; teacher, self and peer assessed. The work given is also linked to a set of transferable skills that the students can apply to other subject areas and aspects of life.

Key Stage 4 Computer Science

What you will study:

At Key Stage 4 we offer GCSE Computer Science from the Edexcel exam board. This course is designed to develop computational thinking skills and apply them to practical scenarios.

Course Content:

Topics studied:

  1. Computational Thinking
  2. Data
  3. Computers
  4. Networks
  5. Issues and Impact
  6. Problem Solving with Programming


Paper 1

Principles of Computer Science is a written examination of 1 hour and 30 minutes

What’s assessed:

This paper consists of five compulsory questions, each one focused on one of the topic areas from 1-5 above.

Paper 2

Application of Computational Thinking is an onscreen examination of  2 hours

This paper will assess Topic 6: Problem solving with programming.

Assessment overview

This practical paper requires students to design, write, test and refine programs in order to solve problems.