"ICT is an integral part of life today. As well as coursework, we take part in several computing challenges and Olympiads and run an enrichment trip to Bletchley Park, the home of code breaking in the war. We also invite various speakers from the industry to present to the pupils on computing and technology topics."
Jon Spavin Head of ICT
The digital world is ever-evolving and now impacts on virtually every area of our lives – in work, in education and in our day-to-day social interaction.
At Haileybury, we provide pupils at all age levels with a focused and contemporary curriculum which will engage them with technology and its many capabilities, arming them efficiently for a digital life after school.
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is taught to all pupils in the Lower School and Removes, as an (I)GCSE option in Middles and Fifths, and as an A Level Computing course for Sixth Formers. The department occupies two purpose-built ICT suites in Quad, as well as a further two ICT classrooms in the Science and Technology Departments.
Key stage 3 pupils all receive one ICT lesson per week; Lower School Years 1 and 2 complete the British Computing Society (BCS) European Computer Driving Licence (ECLD) Essentials course. Pupils also learn about aspects of e-safety and online security and are encouraged to try their hand at Scratch programming and simple robotics.
By Removes (Year 9), pupils take two further ECDL modules in Word and Excel, and start looking at basic programming, cryptography and Scratch programming.
(I)GCSE ICT is offered as an option in Year 10. The Cambridge (I)GCSE in ICT allows pupils to develop a thorough understanding of the development of many ICT applications we take for granted. It also gives a valuable insight into and appreciation of the business and social impacts of ICT.
The course is delivered with a mixture of theory and practical lessons, in which pupils have to demonstrate their ability to author websites, manipulate data and integrate data from a variety of sources into a coherent document. This mirrors the assessment criteria for the (I)GCSE where there are two practical papers carrying 60% of the overall grade and a theory paper carrying 40% of the overall grade.
In the Sixth Form, OCR A Level Computing is offered to all pupils hoping to pursue a career in technology; it also helps students to develop their problem solving skills, their resilience, logic and creativity. The AS course is split into two parts; Computer Fundamentals and programming techniques. The A Level is also split in two parts; Advanced Computing Theory and a coursework project. We have the facilities to program in most of the mainstream languages but the language vehicle we use to deliver the course is Java.
The ICT Department offers a number of enrichment opportunities. There is a weekly code club, which is run outside lessons and the College also enters national coding competitions and the Cyber Security challenge, run by Cyber Security Challenge UK, where we have managed to be repeat finalists. We also use Raspberry Pi’s and Lego EV3 robots, which allow pupils to engage in practical programming tasks.
Jon Spavin is Head of the ICT Department. Before coming to Haileybury, he was employed by Ericsson in large systems support and development, working with customers in media, government, financial and industrial in office and mission critical environments. Before that, he worked in business development for Damovo, having customers in fixed, mobile and satellite communication, government and transport.
Jon's team at Haileybury includes: Ann Spavin MSc; Helen Woolley BSc PGCE; and Grace Griffiths BA.
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