As a Specialist ICT Federation of Academies our aims are clear. We are committed to embracing Technology throughout our whole Federation, enabling us to enhance both teaching and learning opportunities within the Federation and in the wider community within which we work.
The ICT agenda has impacted on the quality of learning and teaching throughout the school. This has resulted in: a whole schools approach to using ICT as a tool for enabling interactive lessons and an improvement in student engagement and motivation. Examination results are continuing to improve with greater use being made of a visual stimulus, sharing good practice, improvement in assessment and data analysis to inform teachers, students and parents.
Each learning area houses a fully networked room with a class set of work stations, a colour, black and white printer and a flatbed scanner. Pupils have access to a wide range of software, including graphics packages such as Adobe Photoshop, and a range of industry standard products such as Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks and Freehand. In addition to this, the Academy uses Microsoft Windows and each pupil has regular access to a full suite of Microsoft Office 2010 packages. The ICT system is fast and powerful enough to stream multimedia supported by a broadband Internet connection. These excellent ICT facilities are maintained by a Federation Network Manager and 10 Network Technicians.
We work with the expectation that all our students will complete a GCSE in ICT, ensuring our leavers go on with their futures feeling confident and empowered users of ICT. Our students in KS3 follow a curriculum delivered in 100 minute discreet ICT lessons developing onto a varied and exciting KS4 curriculum, all Academies following a similar and complementary set of qualifications both enjoying the DIDA suite, preparing our students for today’s digital world. Following on with 6 further qualifications now offered within the Federation 6th form – A Level ICT and Computing, Btec including the industry standard qualifications such as Microsoft office qualification, Cisco and Oracle.
We extend the curriculum offer in ICT, with strong links to other subjects, such as Music, PE and Technology, making the application and use of ICT paramount to allow for interactive classrooms, on-line access and remote access to all curriculum and teaching materials 24 hours a day.
The ICT department puts Information Technology at the heart of all teaching and learning with each school having an ICT champions committee with every department represented.