Subject Leader: Mrs N Graco
The ICT/Computer Science department at Cheam High School has been judged as good based on the department review of 2016/17.
Mrs Graco is the Subject Leader for ICT/Computer Science and is supported by Mr Coomber and Dr Pizzorni who have responsibility for Computer Science.
The department is based in its own dedicated area with five well equipped computer rooms.
Mrs Graco is an experienced subject leader and her team are very committed and enthusiastic. They always look for ways to innovate and create excitement about the subject. They are constantly developing the curriculum for ICT and Computer Science to incorporate new software to challenge and excite the students.
Student progress in ICT is good and in Computer Science it is outstanding.
At KS4 students achieved above the national average in Computer Science, for both the coursework assignments and the examinations. Year 11 students achieved 88% A*-C in GCSE ICT and 85% A*-C in GCSE Computer Science. At Key Stage 5 students achieved a value added score of 0.5 for the diploma BTEC and 1.91 for the certificate BTEC. This means that on average for the certificate BTEC, students achieved better than those of a similar ability, by nearly 2 grades.
The teaching is good in ICT/Computer Science with students of all abilities showing a positive attitude to the subject and being challenged to do their best. Lessons are well planned and structured, with clear targets on how the students can progress. Students at KS4 and KS5 are given good written and oral feedback on how they can improve their work.
The behaviour is very good in lessons, which reflects the students’ positive attitudes to the subject. This is also reflected in the high numbers opting for the subjects at both KS4 and KS5. Students are focused on achieving their aspirational targets and always look for ways to improve their ICT/Computer Science skills.
ICT/Computer Science offers a broad curriculum which covers both the requirements for Computer Science and ICT at Key Stage 3.
Students’ Views and Attitudes
Students are enthusiastic about their learning in ICT/Computer Science and participate fully in both lessons and extension activities. Students feel safe and supported in lessons and this enables them to have the confidence to demonstrate their work. Students enjoy programming and learning about new technologies. They especially appreciate the detailed feedback given which allows them to make better than expected progress.
Enrichment and Intervention
The department runs many intervention sessions especially for KS4 and KS5 students. This allows them to improve their work and these sessions have supported the excellent outcomes and the achievement in the subject across both key stages.
The department also runs a Robot Club for KS4 students. This is run by sixth form students and overseen by Mrs Graco. The club is open to all students in Year 9,10 & 11.
A Code Club is run by Dr Pizzorni for students in KS3. This is extremely popular with Year 8 students who are excited by the Microbits and the flexibility they offer to make objects that simulate real life situations.
Year 13 students often go on to study computer related courses in further education. This year some students who have left are now studying Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Animation and Computer Graphics Technology.
- to develop the new KS4 ICT courses for first examination in 2019
- to develop the new style ICT BTEC Level 3 courses for first examination in 2019
- to prepare new style BTEC Level 3 Computer Science course for examinations in June 2018
- to remodel schemes of work at KS3 to ensure that students have a balance of Computer Science and ICT, to allow them to make an informed decision when it comes to options at 13+.