Departments: ICT

LINKS: Year 7&8 | Year 10 | Computing

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Welcome to the web pages of Finham Park School ICT Department! (First of all please note that that we will be adding more pages to our area of the site as we re-develop them). We are an enthusiastic team of teachers who are excited by and enthusiastic about, the world of Information Technology. More importantly, we all passionate about making sure that Finham Park pupils get the best ICT "experience" possible and we work hard to ensure that we offer a varied, challenging and creative curriculum to all our students. Our aim is to ensure that by the time they leave Finham Park, all our students are confident, responsible discerning and skilled users of ICT.

The school currently has 6 fully-equipped computer suites - two of which having received recent refurbishment - as well as computers in the school library. There are also computers in a number of other subject areas and a cyber-cafe - for use by Sixth Form students - opened in 2010.

All school PCs run MS Windows 7 with Office 2010 and are equipped with a diverse set of other software packages. We encourage students to use a wide range of software tools and we are constantly investigating new software and technologies in order to enrich our ICT provision. Students will have the opportunity to use a wide range of software, including Adobe Flash and Fireworks, Opus Pro 7, Comic Life, Audacity, Serif Draw, Page and Photo Plus, Game Maker and Scratch. We have invested in a range of hardware including sound and video recording equipment, robots (Spykee and Mindstorm), iClone 3D imaging equipment and handheld gaming devices (Sony PSP, Nintendo DSi)and a number of Apple iPod touchs. We also have a growing collection of Apple iPads and are enjoying finding ways to enhance our curriculum using these exciting devices.

The Curriculum

Year 7 and 8
Students in Years 7 and 8 have an ICT lesson each week (one in each week of the two week timetable)

Students follow the ICT programme of study for Key Stage 3 and will undertake a diverse and challenging range of projects.

Year 9 and 10
Students in Year 9 also have an ICT lesson in both weeks of their two week timetable. Students in Year 10 have 3 lessons over the two weeks.

Students in these year groups work towards the OCR National First Award in ICT. This gives them the equivalent of one GCSE, though students in Year 10 may choose to study additional units In order to achieve the equivalent of two GCSEs.

From September 2010, Year 9 will follow the new OCR Nationals specification - more details of this course can be found on the OCR Nationals page.

Year 11
Students enrolled on Diploma courses will undertake their Functional Skills qualifications (for IT, Maths and English) in Year 11.

Students not undertaking Functional Skills, or who are not receiving additional Maths/English, follow an exciting and innovative programme in Year 11, where they undertake project work of their choosing. Students can "sample" aspects of ICT that they may not have tried before (including robotics, green screen filming, game design and multimedia) before choosing their focus for the year. They will then develop their skills further by working towards the Higher Project Qualification which allows encourages and supports independent working as well as the use of high order planning, research and evaluation skills.

Year 12 and 13
Students can choose to study either an ICT or Computing qualification, depending on where their interests lie. They can opt for OCR Nationals L3 in ICT (which is a 2-year A2 only course) or AS/A2 Computing.

Key Stage 4
For the second year running, Year 11 students achieved outstanding results in their OCR Nationals. This year, a record number of 216 students achieved the qualification. There was a 100% pass rate for students entered and over 90% of the Year 11 cohort achieved a GCSE equivalent ICT qualification. 78% achieved a MERIT or above and 53% students achieved a DISTINCTION.

It was also a successful year for our first cohort of students tackling the Higher Project; 80% of students entered achieved at least a grade 'C' for this qualification and 86 students achieved both the OCR National Award and the Higher Project qualification. We look forward to even greater successes this year.

Key Stage 5
We are delighted with the first set of results our achieved by our OCR Nationals Level 3 cohort.

There was a 100% pass rate with 10 students receiving DISTINCTIONS, 8 receiving MERITS and 2 students receiving a PASS.

Well done to all students in Years 11 and 13 who achieved ICT qualifications this year!

The ICT Department is staffed by a skilled and hard-working team of teachers who are very enthusiastic about the subject they teach!

Mr Bridgeman
Mr Downie
Mr Fletcher
Ms Mahmood
Ms Shiganga
Mr Tighe

[Subject Leader]
[Also Head of Sixth Form and Teacher of Business Studies]

[Asst. Subject Leader]
[E-Learning Leader]