Our Computing team is a forward-thinking and successful department. We are looking to appoint someone who is enthusiastic about Computing and enjoys teaching the subject to all levels and abilities. The capability and willingness to teach to GCSE and A Level is essential and there is an expectation to take on some specific responsibility within the Department.
In Key Stage 3, students receive one lesson (50 minutes) weekly and study a range of projects. The theory of binary numbers and computer systems is learnt along with web design, AI and machine learning and robotics. At GCSE level, there are three lessons weekly and this rises to seven at A Level. Numbers of students taking the course are solid; students are given a clear understanding as to the opportunities and demands of the course.
This is a department which achieves high results, where the ethos is founded on teamwork between teachers and in positive, helpful relationships with students. At GCSE, students have started the OCR J276 specification. Results from the first cohort were outstanding with a 100% A*- B grade success rate of which 50% of grades were A* and last year 100% A*/A grades. One student scored full UMS marks across the three units. The A Level students are working towards the OCR H446 qualification; they take every opportunity to further their knowledge and are currently competing in the Cyber Centurion competition. Support for students applying to Oxford and Cambridge is provided. Members of the department are expected to contribute to the various activities available, including surgeries and revision classes to support GCSE and A Level students, as well as sessions for Controlled Assessment.
Students are offered a variety of ways to learn, e.g. with hands-on projects, practical exercises, online programming environments and paired programming. The department is very well resourced with BBC Micro:bits, robotic kit and a range of software. The VLE is used extensively, both for resources and to set homework tasks and track achievement. There is a department office which is shared with Design Technology and teaching takes place in Computing classrooms, all of which have a projector, speakers, headphones and a variety of subject specific kit.
Continuous professional development is crucial in this fast-moving subject. Members of the department are encouraged to keep updated on the examination system and attend conferences and courses. We feel that an enthusiasm for learning new skills helps us to engage our students and keep lessons fresh and relevant. We aim to give students the familiarity and confidence in using industry-standard techniques and so prepare them well for their future.