Gumley House School



Computing and ICT

Head of Department:  Ms J Ellaway

Computing is integral in all people’s lives.  Our vision is to provide a high-quality computing education that equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.  Computing has deep links with Mathematics, Science, and Design Technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.

The core of computing is Computer Science, in which students are taught: the principles of problem solving and computation, how computer systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming and problem solving. Building on this knowledge and understanding, students are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that students become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information technology.

Our Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 curriculum both offer aspects of Computer Science, Computational Thinking, Computing Unplugged and Information Technology.  Computer Science is a more in-depth course and deals with data, the hardware of computers, networks, the internet and programming, whereas Information Technology deals with using computers to acquire and use knowledge as applied in the business world.

At Key Stage 3, our aim is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to be Key Stage 4 ready so they can make the right choice when choosing their GCSE Options.

At Key Stage 4, GCSE Computer Science (9-1) is offered as an optional subject of choice.

Aims and Objectives

Our aim is to ensure that all our students:

  • To allow students to gain IT skills that are desirable in industry and increase their chances of employment.
  • To give students the required skills to enable them to access Further Education
  • Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of Information and Communication Technology
  • Can appreciate the importance of legal and ethical issue when using digital device/media

Computing in Year 7

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Computing in Year 8

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Computing in Year 9

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Computer Science in Years 10 and 11 (GCSE) 

EXAM BOARD:  OCR leading to a GCSE in Computer Science.
Examinations: Students will sit two exam papers in Year 11 (40% each) and complete one Controlled                                       Assessment (20%)                                                                                                                                                            Paper 1: Computer Systems                                                                                                                                               Paper 2: Written Assessment

Why study this course?
Computer science teaches you the coding and language computers use to make the world work as it does.  Computing is of enormous importance to the economy. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies has led to jobs in these industries and a shortage of skills.  This qualification will give you an understanding of key computing concepts and programming.  Computer science is also about people, solving puzzles, creativity, changing the future and, most of all, having fun.  Students must have an interest computing and be prepared for learn programming techniques.  Students will need to be good at communicating and explaining their ideas. 

GCSE Computer Science gives a thorough grounding in computing and will create opportunities for you to move on to A-levels, vocational courses, industry recognised IT qualifications.   You can also find employment as you will have computing skills that are needed in the workplace.

GCSE Computer Science also supports progress in other areas such as technology, science, engineering and the creative industries. If you choose not to study Computer Science at a higher level than GCSE, the course will still benefit you because so many jobs in the current climate involve using the skills you will learn over the coursehis course is both active and enjoyable.  You need to be good at communicating and explaining your ideas, and not afraid of learning new things and working with numbers to solve business problems.  You will learn how to be a creative thinker and how to make decisions.  What’s more, you will also learn about the world of business through research and investigation, as well as through practical tasks.

What will I learn?

Computer systems and computer hardware: making decisions about hardware, software, storage, memory.
Computer networking and how the Internet and other communication networks work.
Using algorithms i.e. telling the computer, step by step, exactly what you want it to do.
Understanding of and use of programming where you will learn a programming language.
Understanding current technologies and the trends towards the future of computing.
The digital age and understanding the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues that arise in this digital age.
Database concepts, learning about searching data using query methods such as SQL.
How you can connect to databases from other applications and web based apps.
The use of computer technology in society today.


Controlled assessment is made up of 20 hours work.