Welcome to the ICT and Computing Department at Huxlow Science College, formerly known as ICT. Our aim is to provide all students with an excellent standard of teaching, leading to the development of computing skills that will enhance their learning across the whole curriculum.
We ensure that students of all abilities have access to equal opportunities to prepare them for their future use of computing in life beyond Huxlow Science College. We have high expectations of our students and make sure that they fulfil and in many cases exceed their potential.
All students have a school email account and are able to use the Internet providing both they and their parents have signed an Acceptable Use Policy document. The students’ use of computers is monitored to make sure they are safe at all times. E-safety is a priority for Huxlow and awareness is raised through PSHE, Computing lessons and assemblies, encouraging the students to stay safe when using computers both inside and outside of College.
|“The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.”|
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Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, and 9)
Every student at Huxlow studies Computing in Years 7, 8 and 9. They are taught to use Microsoft Office software independently so they can cope with the demands of homework and use of ICT across the whole curriculum. More specialist Computer Science software is also introduced in all year groups to give them the chance to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. To facilitate this students use software such as Clickteam Fusion, Python, Visual basic for Application, Scratch and Google Sketchup.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
Students can opt to study Computing at GCSE level, as part of the Design and Technology option block. The current course on offer is the OCR GCSE Computing course which gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. It offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming. GCSE Computing is counted as a Science within the EBacc measure of student performance.
Qualifications which may be obtained at Key Stage 4
Qualifications which may be obtained at Key Stage 5
The East Northamptonshire College (TENC) combines the strengths of the three schools Ferrers, Huxlow and Rushden, who work together post-16 to offer a wide range of courses and opportunities to all students in the East Northamptonshire area.
ICT & Computing Department Staff
Mr W Curran - Head of Computing