We are seeking to appoint, from 1 September 2019, an inspirational, creative and well qualified teacher to join our expanding Computer Science department. The department currently consists of two full-time specialist teachers which includes the Head of Department.
The Computing department at MGS aims to provide every student with an appropriate framework to enhance their digital skills, allowing them to use computer technology proficiently and professionally and prepare them for the real world applications of these skills, no matter what academic path they take. We also look to hone each student’s computational and logical thinking and provide them with an academic pathway within the subject of Computer Science.
Computing is taught to Lower School pupils (Year 7 and 8) who follow a varied and challenging scheme of work which encompasses the three main areas of computing: information technology, digital literacy and computer science. This includes topics such as e-safety, computer programming, computational mathematics, physical computing and understanding computers. Computer Science is also part of the Year 7 enrichment programme where pupils look at the history of Computer Science, how businesses utilise technology in the digital age and how the use of technology will develop in the next 50 years.
Since September 2018, as well as being a compulsory subject in Years 7 and 8, Computer Science has been available to Year 9 pupils as an optional subject. The Year 9 course aims to develop substantially the programming skills of pupils, as well as give them opportunities to learn about digital technology, the fundamental principles of computer technology, the history of Computer Science and its future. Pupils examine the social and ethical issues relating to the use of computer technology and the internet and how it affects their everyday lives.
Computer Science is offered as a GCSE and A-Level subject. From September 2019, the study of the subject will be available throughout Years 7-13. At GCSE level, pupils are prepared for the Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science qualification; pupils in the Sixth-Form study the Cambridge International A-Level. In addition, we offer a beginners’ programming course and a cyber-security course as part of the Year 12 enrichment option programme. To complement this, there is also a Sixth-Form Cyber Security Club, run by a group of Year 13 pupils.
Whilst our Junior School curriculum (Years 3-6) is managed separately from the Senior School, there is regular collaboration to ensure that the programmes of study complement each other and enable a smooth transition from Year 6 to Year 7. In the Junior School Lego Mindstorm robots are used in lessons and clubs which fuel pupils’ enthusiasm for programming and engineering. The department runs a Junior School option where pupils engage in a number of activities, including digital photography, virtual reality and programming challenges.
The Computer Science department offers many co-curricular opportunities for pupils, including two Lower School clubs and one Middle School club dealing with programming, robotics, web development and research into emerging fields such as machine learning, AI and blockchain technology. Pupils enter national competitions, including the PA Raspberry Pi Competition, the Cyber Discovery programme (two pupils were invited to the Elite stage last year), the Oxford University Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge and The British Informatics Olympiad. We have made use of links with Manchester University by having their undergraduates demonstrate their final year projects. The department runs trips to universities, museums, including Bletchley Park, and CAS (Computing at School) During the School’s activities week we offer a Discover Computer Science week.
The Computer Science department is housed in three specialist computer laboratories; two rooms are each equipped with 29 PCs and an interactive television; the third has 16 PCs and is primarily dedicated to delivering the A-Level curriculum.