The ICT facilities at Haverstock are fantastic with over 750 computers in the school – and we are using these in lessons and clubs virtually all the hours the school is open to make sure our students are the most up-to-date, computer-literate students in the city!
Computing is a core subject and it’s the whole team’s focus to deliver lessons which are allowing us to develop and extend our students knowledge of web-design, animation, time-based media, digital image manipulation, spreadsheets, word processing, databases, desk-top publishing, and of course using the Internet to name but a few areas of study.
The Computing department comprises of five specialist teaching rooms, containing 30 Student Desktop PCs in each room. There are also 2 non-ICT teaching rooms with access to Laptops. There are interactive whiteboards in every room.
Computing at Haverstock is a well established department offering Computing to all students at KS3 with the majority studying either Computer Science or Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at GCSE. Our involvement in the sixth form continues to grow, with the biggest number of students ever following AS & A2 courses in ICT and Computing – opportunities for big earning jobs no doubt follows for these young people – they may be worth getting to know!
Our results at GCSE and AS/A2 level continue to climb and so some of our students could possibly be following Bill Gates footsteps!
Head of ICT
Computing in the National Curriculum
To reflect and address the growing importance of the use of ICT in our lives, the framework for ICT recognises the vital role that Information and Communications Technology plays in the school curriculum by preparing young people to participate in a rapidly changing society in which work and other forms of activity are increasingly dependent on ICT. It is seen that the subject develops pupils’ information skills, including the ability to use information sources and ICT tools effectively to help them find, explore, develop, analyse, exchange and present information and to support their problem solving, investigative and expressive work. An essential part of ICT capability is being discriminating about information and the ways in which it may be used, and making informed judgements about when and how to apply aspects of ICT to achieve maximum benefit. Pupils also develop understanding of the implications of ICT for working life and society.
The Framework also recognises that the use of ICT significantly enhances teaching and learning in other subjects by enabling rapid access to knowledge, information and experiences from a wide range of sources. The use of ICT throughout the curriculum encourages critical thinking, imagination and creativity, problem solving, initiative and independence, teamwork and reflection.
Computing at Haverstock School
The original ideal of the National Curriculum was to see ICT delivered across a range of subjects. This has evolved in the light of experience and a range of delivery models now exists. It is generally accepted that each school will choose a pattern of delivery, which suits its own needs according to a range of criteria. At Haverstock we have chosen a model in which ICT is delivered through a combination of discrete lessons and a range of cross curricular modules throughout Key Stage 3 and 4.
Key Stage 3 Computing
Students are timetabled for ICT in their form groups and receive two 60 minute lessons per fortnight. Each group consists of a maximum of 30 students. Students are taught by the same teachers for the whole year.
Key Stage 4 Computing and ICT
Students in Key stage 4 can opt to take either Computer Science or ICT GCSEs. These subjects are extremely popular with multiple groups each year. The groups are timetabled in their option groups.
AS and A2 level ICT and Computing
Students are timetabled in their option groups for 10 lessons per fornight. Each group consists of a maximum of 23 students. Students are taught by the same teachers for the whole course. Students have two teachers, each covering different modules of the syllabus.
|Nicole Artemis||Head of Computing|
|Farhana Akthar||Computing Teacher|
|Sarah Salimullah||Computing Teacher|