Excellence in the Heart of the Community
Wade Deacon Trust
It is the overall objective of the Computer Science department to develop, maintain and stimulate pupils' curiosity, interest and enjoyment in computing.
The aims of the Computer Science department are:
At Hillside, pupils receive one hour of teaching per week.
Our exciting curriculum builds on computing elements of the previous ICT curriculum and is designed to encourage pupils to extend their learning independently, hone their problem-solving skills and promote confidence when using ICT hardware and software.
In year 8, pupils may choose to pursue one of two ICT qualifications, Computing GCSE or ICT Vocational. Some students will also have the opportunity to study the ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence)
The Computer Science GCSE (OCR) is a challenging course in which pupils will build on their Computer Science knowledge and theory and also develop programming skills in a range of different languages.
The ICT Vocational course is a bespoke ICT skills qualification to prepare students for the demands of the Year 10 and 11 vocational ICT qualifications (This dependant on 2019 accepted qualifications to be released Dec 2016)
ICT suites are open before school and after school for pupils to drop in to complete Independent Learning from Computer Science and other subjects. Some ICT suites are also open during lunch times for the same purpose.
On a Monday and Wednesday we offer specific Key Stage 4 qualification related drop in sessions where pupils can come along to catch up or improve coursework or receive further support guidance about topics they are studying in lessons.
During the academic year we also offer targeted support to pupils such as higher grade grade masterclass sessions and target grade borderline sessions for Key Stage 4 pupils.
We have three fully equipped, dedicated ICT Suites, offering our pupils access to contemporary computer technology in an office-like environment. We also have two further “bookable” ICT suites which are used for cross curricular ICT.
Substantial and ongoing investment in software means that our pupils have the opportunity to use many of the most up-to-date industry-standard software, including: Microsoft Office, Macromedia MX Suite, Adobe Photoshop CS3, Pinnacle Studio and the Serif suite of applications.