The introduction of
affordable technology has dramatically changed the world around us at a
staggering rate. Today, most of us carry more powerful technology in our
pockets than the mainframes used by NASA to send the Apollo missions to the
moon. We believe that the ability to understand the concepts and application of
this technology is vital to the futures of our students.
The department’s work is
comprised of two strands – Computing and ICT. ICT is a subject that focuses on
the business application of technology. Students gain an understanding of the
tools that technology can grant us and learn to select the right one to
complete a task. Students will gain an excellent understanding of how to tailor
generic software packages to meet a user’s needs. In Computing, we study how
the computer works at a fundamental level to understand how the technology
works. Instead of using software that somebody else has written to create a
solution, students will start with a blank screen and will write programming
code to make their own software.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 we cover
both ICT and Computing topics, from the effective use of the Internet to
programming robots, from programming computer games using Scratch to the use of
Databases to solve a mystery. As a department we encourage the development of
problem-solving skills through independent learning.
In Years 10 and 11, students
can opt for either ICT or Computer Science at GCSE. In both of these options we
develop theoretical understanding and practical skills, albeit in significantly
different ways of creating a solution. A similar choice between ICT and
Computing is also available at A-Level and we are proud to be one of few
all-girls schools to have had a number of pupils go on to study Computer
Science at University.
ICT and Computing lessons at
Surbiton are lively, engaging and hands-on. We believe that empowering pupils
with the confidence to explore technology for themselves will give them the
ability to compete effectively in the workplaces of the future.