OBA ICT Subject Team are committed to planning, developing and delivering a curriculum which develops skills and knowledge in computer science and digital technologies to prepare them for a future in a world where the use of this technology is fully embodied. In our local area of Halton, 5.4% of the population are employed in the IT sector, which is statistically higher than the UK and Northwest national statistic of 4.2%. We wish to provide pupils with a variety of skills and software, enthusing them to understand other digital technologies not just the user interface they currently operate. At the heart of this is the desire to deliver a curriculum which combines computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Students are encouraged to develop their resilience in the solving of real-world problems leading to the production of high-quality outcomes. We aim to enable students to develop a love for the subject and an understanding that there are no limits to their own development in using and applying IT. This is achieved through imaginative teaching and learning through applied learning opportunities that embraces new technologies in our rapidly changing world.
We aim to encourage a respectful, creative and innovative atmosphere, which allows students to take risks and experiment in a safe and positive environment thus developing important life skills. The principles of computational thinking will aid students with their learning looking specifically at how digital systems work, combined with ensuring all are digitally literate and able to use, and express themselves through ICT. Students will be given guidance on how to work safely on-line so that it will be second nature to carry out all the necessary steps for their own safety as well as those around them. We pride ourselves on providing a varied curriculum, which develops our pupils to be well educated and digitally literate, enabling them to take their studies further, onto Higher education if they desire and ultimately dependent other aptitudes and ambitions a career, with 85% of the jobs predicted to be available in 2030, not even being invented yet!
extra curricular and Enrichment:
Revision classes are available for all students before they sit GCSE Exam and the practical exam. There are allocated revision session both after school and of a Saturday in preparation for external exams.
There is a digital enrichment club for KS3 where they can use different software such as Scratch, graphics, I can animate and the Xbox to further develop their technical skills.
There are KS3 drop in session in the week for pupils to catch up on the computers or complete their classwork and homework. Additional revision classes are available for all students before they sit the GCSE external exam and the practical assessment.