Acting Head of Department: Mr H Thomas
Telephone: 01344 432041

“Shapers of change – A strong commitment to building knowledge and skills in an ever changing technological era”

The ICT facilities at Brakenhale are excellent with four well equipped dedicated ICT suites and there are computers in many other areas of the school. The ICT curriculum has just been transformed into Computing. The new curriculum has been carefully chosen and developed so that it caters for all students’ interests and capabilities.

“The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing”

Douglas Engelart

We are an evolving department who takes pride in our exceptional results. The ethos of the department is based around collaboration and teamwork. We are a warm, welcoming and friendly department which strives to provide quality education to all our learners with a view to meeting their full potential.

Information Technology/Computing are taught as compulsory subjects to all students in Years 7 to 9.

At Key Stage 3 students follow a program of study which leads to the development of skills in ICT and essential programming. We teach programming skills in Year 7 using Text based programming in – Small Basic and Python programming in Yr. 9. There is also a possibility of learning programming through the use of Java and Action Script which supports the Adobe products of Dreamweaver, Flash and Photoshop.

At Key Stage 4 students are taught ICT/Computing for two hours a week. We are proud to be offering the following courses for ICT/Computing – GCSE ICT WJEC, OCR Cambridge Nationals level 2 and OCR GCSE Computing. All courses involve a percentage of coursework and an assessment.

At Key Stage 5 students can choose either the OCR A level in Computing course or the more vocational route Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Information Technology.

Support is available within the ICT Department every afternoon from 3.05pm – 4.30pm. We offer assistance with coursework, revision, and homework for all year groups.