"When I return to Bolton School to talk to pupils about entrepreneurship, my message is to 'go for it'. This is an attitude that I had instilled in me during my time at the school where my curiosity was fuelled and I became interested in ideas."

Caroline Plumb - CEO of Fresh Minds and youngest woman on Management Today's '35 under 35' list

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ICT

ICT finds a place in every area of the curriculum and the departmental schemes of work have been designed to support and complement the broader role which it enjoys. In Years 7, the emphasis is on the acquisition of skills, and familiarity with our network environment. In Year 8 and 9, students complete the essential elements of KS3 ICT, with an emphasis on extending basic skills eg video editing and opportunities for open ended and cross-curricular activities. In Years 10 and 11 we offer Edexcel IGCSE in ICT for those to whom it is suited. GCE courses in Computing are available in Years 12 and 13, where candidates are taught to solve problems by writing programs in a high-level language (Delphi), as well as the fundamentals of Computer Science. The emphasis in our teaching is firmly on understanding, supported by necessary core knowledge.

The department has three networked general-purpose ICT rooms for students in the lower and middle schools, one of which hosts the Sixth Form courses. Broadband, filtered, Internet access is available wirelessly across the campus and via the School network.

Students of all ages are encouraged to use our ICT facilities during their free time. Throughout the school day, senior students have access to the Riley Centre, which combines networked computer facilities with areas for private study. The Lower School Computer Club is available at lunchtime for those wishing to improve their skills or catch up with work, with tuition being provided by senior students. Tuition in PYTHON coding is also available in a lunch-time club for those who are interested.

Staffing is provided by three full-time teachers of ICT & Computing, along with much valued occasional contributions to teaching from specialists in other disciplines.

Head of Department:
P J Humphrey, BSc

Members of the Department:
Mrs E J Fielding, BA
G N McMillan, BA, FDA
Mrs B E Wood, BA

 

ICT lesson

ICT lesson