The Computing Faculty
"Prepare pupils for success in
a digital world of Coding, Information Technology and
Mrs L Wood, Faculty Leader
The Computing Faculty has a strong,
enthusiastic, innovative team of teachers who aim to engage all
pupils in learning the importance of Computer Science,
Information Technology and Busniess, today and for their
future. With a substantial investment in the IT
infrastructure pupils are provided with fast, reliable and
current technology for learning. In Key Stage 3 we aim to educate
pupils in digital literacy, IT and computer science so that pupils
can experience the breadth of the Computing Curriculum.
Computer Science at Key Stage 4
Computer Science is one of the four sciences your child can
study at The Barlow. Computer Science provides the opportunity for
pupils to use their mathematical and logical minds to solve
problems. Whether they want to be a biochemist, engineer or develop
a killer application GCSE Computer Science will provide them with a
Business at Key Stage 4
If you child is
interested in setting up their own business and be
a successful entrepreneur like Alan Sugar or Levis Roots or
would you like to go and be a manager for a large business like
John Lewis or M&S or if they have you got an interest in the
news and how the government and their policies affect their life
then maybe GCSE Business is the subject for them.
at Key Stage 4
From personal computers to smartphones, from apps to websites,
all of our lives, every day, are enhanced through the use of ICT.
The new Cambridge Nationals in ICT reflect this and provide
students with a solid foundation for understanding and applying
this subject in their future working lives.
- Ms L Wood (Faculty Leader)
- Mrs M Starkey (Deputy Faculty Leader)
- Mr C Enright
Our pupils are invited to Computing, IT and Enterprise clubs and
activities throughout the school year. These give pupils the
opportunity to improve their understanding of key concepts or get
involved in projects. We are planning to run external visits for
Computer Science, Business and IT to help pupils learn through
practical experiences. We are part of the Hour of Code project
allowing pupils to demonstrate their coding skills.
We recruit for Digital
and enterprise leaders to help with school projects. This is a
fantastic opportunity for pupils to work as a team and demonstrate
their leadership and creative qualities.
Pupils are also encouraged to be independent, creative and
analytical thinkers by using opportunities at home to extend their
knowledge. We recommend the following websites:
Pupils can practice and extend their understanding of key
www.edmodo.co.uk - There is a
range of additional support material here. Pupils should access
this site using the login they have set up in school. Pupils
can also celebrate their successes by showing off the digital
badges they have been awarded.
This has a range of Computing, IT and Business activities and
- A great bank of interactive and visual resources to support
independent, out of school learning
- As your teacher for a username and password
- All homework is recorded on this site
Computing (Year 11 only) OCR
OCR Computing 9-1
IT (Year 11 only
Edexcel Information Communications System) and OCR
Cambridge Nationals ICT
Business (Year 11 only)
AQA Business and Communication Systems and
"I have really enjoyed Computer Science this year. I have made a
chatbot and mobile phone app and learnt how a computer works"
"Computer Science is great, I love problem solving, it has
helped me with my Maths"
"I have loved my lesson, especially learning about how stuff
"ICT is good and will help me when I am older. It has
showed me how to make things properly and will help me when I get a
"In ICT I have been creative, learnt how to use ICT in a
business and made some great graphics and animations"
"I really want to learn what it's like in a business. I am
excited about being part of a team and maybe being an enterprise
"Move over Lord Sugar, here I come"
To find out more about the subject and course options