Information and Communication Technology plays an important role in the overall education of each student and is included in the curriculum in all subject areas. The school is well equipped with ICT suites and has a range of technology, including iPads and Raspberry Pis. In KS3 Computing lessons, girls have the opportunity to develop programming and control skills, learning languages such as Scratch, Python, and HTML, as well as looking at the development of computer systems and encryption. Girls are taught in a carousel with PSHE.
The school offers OCR Computer Science GCSE. In this course the girls study detailed content in computer systems and architecture, and computational thinking, algorithms and programming. They will also carry out a programming project, usually using the language Python.
Use of Personal ICT Devices
We are actively trying to ensure that the girls learn how and when to use their mobile devices and not to the detriment of their social skills and general good manners. Guidelines are published for reference in Boarding Houses and Tutor Rooms. Our aim is to help all pupils make sensible choices regarding when and where to use their devices in order to enhance their experiences in and out of school.
We allow the use of personal devices in lessons and for homework when directed by the class teacher. Many girls throughout the school use laptops and tablets in lessons, and phones can be used for access to the internet for research purposes.
We encourage parents to take a look at the articles in 'Digital Parenting' for further advice on how to make the most of the huge array of apps and websites on offer.