Stretford Grammar School’s Computing Department is staffed by a well-qualified and experienced specialist team. The department operates from three well equipped rooms. All Key Stage 3 students have discrete Computing lessons of one hour per week. At Key Stage 4 AQA GCSE Computing is offered. AQA A Level Computing is available for those who wish to study in the Sixth Form. Students have access to one of the ICT rooms at break-time and lunch time for printing out work and researching, in addition to this there is a suite of computers in the Library and a separate ICT room available for 6th form students to use. 6th form students can also bring their own device to school and there are laptops available for loan during study periods where students need to produce group work using a computer.

Meet the team:

Mr. J. Stenhouse Curriculum Leader for Computing
Miss J. Platt Teacher of Computing
Mr. D. Price-Uden Teacher of Computing  / Assistant Headteacher

Key Stage 3
What will you be taught?
The new computing curriculum teaches students to use computational thinking and creativity to solve problems. They will learn the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, how to create programs and systems of their own. Over the course of Key Stage 3 our students will become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

How will you learn?
Key Stage 3 Computing will be delivered through a set of projects over 3 years that become progressively more challenging. Much of the work is, of course, PC based so students generally work independently at a pace that is compatible with their own abilities permitting a natural differentiation of skills. However, there will be occasions where work will need to be planned in advance and students are expected to make a positive contribution to team work tasks where necessary to solve a problem, implement and evaluatean appropriate solution.

What extra opportunities are there?
Students can use the open access IT suite and IT facilities in the library at lunchtime and afterschool as well as attend the many clubs offered by the department. This year many students have attended a programming club, raspberry pi club, animation club and after school homework/support clubs.

Key Stage 4
AQA GCSE Computing
Course Aims
develop understanding of current and emerging technologies
develop computer programs to solve problems
acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts
develop skills to work as part of a team
to build on skills learned at Key Stage 3

Course Overview
GCSE Computing has a real relevance in the modern world. While students have some knowledge of computers and related areas, this course will give them an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on “behind the scenes”. As part of this, students will investigate computer programming, which many students find interesting – a fun and interesting way to develop critical thinking analysis and problem solving skills which can be applied to every- day life.
Assessment and Units of Study
Unit A451 – Computer Systems and Programming
Written Paper – 1.5 hours, 80 Marks, 40% of the qualification
Students answer a question paper that includes a mixture of short and long answers, some of which require students to write program code.

Unit A452 – Practical Investigation
An investigative task – 20 hours, 45 marks, 30% of the qualification
Students carry out a practical investigation of a topic chosen from a set of options supplied by OCR.

Unit A453 – Programming Project
A programming task – 20 hours, 45 marks, 30% of the qualification.
Students create solutions to computing tasks chosen from a set of options chosen by OCR.
Sixth Form
AQA A Level Computing
Course Aims
The course has been developed for students who wish to progress to higher education or to the world of work, where understanding how ICT can be used in society and organisations, and the implications of its use, will be a valuable asset.
Units within the course should provide students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the development of ICT systems through practical experience in using a range of applications software in a structured way. Students should then be able to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding gained from this practical work to the solution of problems.

Course Overview
A qualification in Information and Communication Technology offers students a first step into the varied world of ICT. As the application of information and communications systems is so diverse the range of related jobs is enormous. Successful students may consider career options such as systems analysis and information systems engineering. Much design work is now carried out using graphic design and CAD systems and with computer controlled production lines and stock systems potential production and retail management would benefit greatly from students of this course.

Assessment and Units of Study
INFO1 Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World
50% of AS, 25% of A Level
1 hour 30 minutes examination worth 80 marks
Section A: short answer questions
Section B: structured questions

INFO2 Living in the Digital World
50% of AS, 25% of A Level
1 hour 30 minutes examination worth 80 marks
Section A: short answer questions
Section B: structured questions

INFO3 The Use of ICT in the Digital World
30% of A Level
2 hour examination worth 100 marks
Section A: structured questions based on pre-release material
Section B: questions requiring extended answers

INFO4 Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World
20% of A Level
Coursework project report, marked by centre and moderated by AQA worth 70 marks
Students complete a project involving the production of an ICT-related system over an extended period of time