ICT/Computer Science

Subject Leader: Mr E Coomber

Overview

The ICT/Computer Science department at Cheam High School continues to be judged as good based on the department review of 2021/22.

Mr Coomber is the Subject Leader for ICT/Computer Science and is supported by a team of specialist teachers.

The department is based in its own dedicated area with five well equipped computer rooms.

Strengths

Mr Coomber is a dedicated subject leader and his team are committed and enthusiastic.  They are always looking for ways to innovate and create excitement about their subject. 

The team are constantly developing the curriculum for ICT and Computer Science to incorporate digital activities to enthuse students.  At Key Stage 3, the course covers the components of the computing National Curriculum.

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 and student progress is evident.  Students across the Key Stages are given good feedback on how they can improve their work.  The students complete all their work in Google Classroom where staff can access the work and provide feedback.

Behaviour in lessons is very good, 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.

Students’ Views and Attitudes

Students are enthusiastic about their learning in ICT/Computer Science and participate fully in lessons. 

Students feel safe and supported in lessons and this enables them to have the confidence in their work. 

Enrichment and Intervention

The ICT department run many intervention sessions for exam classes, which allows students to improve their work.  These sessions have supported the excellent outcomes and achievement in the subject across both key stages. 

Cyber Security competitions have been very popular this year and students have achieved well in these.

Destinations

Year 13 students often go on to study computer related courses in further education.

This year, 8 Year 13 students went on to university to undertake Computer Science related degrees.

 

Future developments

To continue to develop the sequencing of the curriculum at KS3 and how it is assessed.

To develop retrieval practice in lessons.

To introduce the new BTEC coursework model for Year 10 IT students.