Computer Science introduces students to the scientific and practical approach to computation and its applications. In the Lower School, students cover a range of topics to help develop their computational thinking skills, including programming, web development, computer architecture, computer graphics, encryption, databases and more. At the same time, students build their confidence and knowledge of software which is essential to success in the digital age and are taught how to interact with a digital society in ways which are safe and secure.
The facilities available to staff and students are extensive and include some 300+ workstations connected to a distributed network. Filtered internet access is available at all workstations and in the boarding houses through multiple broadband connections. Wifi is also available for roaming access on mobile devices. Coverage is currently 90% of the site.
Computing skills, including programming and computational thinking, are important and becoming increasingly so in today’s world, and current educational thinking reflects this. For this reason, Computer Science is offered as a GCSE option in the Fourth and Fifth Forms and as an A-Level option in the Sixth Form. This valuable subject provides an increased level of challenge and develops new interests and opens up new possibilities for our students.