Subject Leader: Mrs N Graco
The ICT/Computer Science department at Cheam High School has been judged as outstanding.
The department is made up of four ICT/Computer Science teachers including an experienced subject leader, Mrs Graco, and is based in its own dedicated area with five computer rooms. The Subject Leader is supported by Mr Rees who has responsibility for Computer Science.
Mrs Graco, Subject Leader of ICT/Computer Science, is a very committed and enthusiastic leader. She is always looking for ways to innovate and create excitement about the subject. She is constantly developing the curriculum to incorporate new software to challenge and excite the students.
Student progress in ICT is outstanding.
At both Key Stage 4 and 5 students achieved above the national average; students achieved highly in both the coursework assignments and the examinations. At Key Stage 4 Year 11 students achieved 70% A*-C in GCSE ICT and 90% A*-C in GCSE Computer Science. At A level 50% achieved A*-C, at Single BTEC Level 3 95% achieved a Distinction or a Distinction* and at Double BTEC Level 3, 84% achieved a Distinction or Distinction*.
The teaching is good in ICT/Computer Science with students of all abilities showing excellent attitude to the subject and being challenged to do their best. Lessons are well planned and structured with clear targets. Students at KS4 and KS5 are given outstanding 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. 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.
Students’ Views and Attitudes
Students are enthusiastic about their learning in ICT/Computer Science lessons and participate fully in lessons and in 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 and 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, allowing them to improve their work and these sessions have supported excellent outcomes in the achievement in the subject across both key stages.
The department also runs a Robot Club for KS3 students.
Year 13 students often go on to study computer related courses in further education; this year’s leavers are studying Computer Science and Computer Graphics Technology.
To continue to develop the new Computer Science GCSE course which will be examined for the first time this year.
To prepare new style BTEC level 3 Computer Science course for examinations in June 2018.
To remodel schemes of work at Key Stage 3 to ensure that students are stretched and challenged in the new Computer Science units.