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17/07/19

We have a record number of 'word millionaires' in our programme this year! Today we celebrated by throwing them a tea party with Headteacher, Mr Garner and Head of English, Mr Clifton. Keep up the great reading! https://t.co/CY7n7sHxsh

17/07/19

*NEWSFLASH* The cast list for our school production of Legally Blonde the Musical will be revealed after school today in the drama courtyard! Keep an eye on our website for updates:- https://t.co/k8xp7n60b3 https://t.co/g2ZVqWEOwO

16/07/19

Well done to all of our Year 7 & 10 'Book Buddies' who are currently being rewarded with pizza in the LRC! https://t.co/I6r5m6repb

15/07/19

Retweeted From Kirsty Sandiford

⁦⁦⁦☺️⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ 🐌 🦙 🐷 https://t.co/SXwtF1lGJj

15/07/19

Retweeted From de Stafford DofE

We look forward to welcoming parents and carers tonight to celebrate the achievements of this years ⁦⁦⁩ Bronze DofE students! Please attend The de Stafford suite in The Jenkins Centre for a 6pm start! https://t.co/GokT9ToOGq

12/07/19

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Well done to all students who took part in Sports Day today! A fantastic effort by all and excellent sportsmanship on display! 👏🏻 Congratulations to the winning SAMs: 7PHA 8ABE 9KBA 10JHE 🏆🏆🏆🏆🎽🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏽‍♂️

12/07/19

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Bailey in Y9 entertaining the crowds on the track during Sports Day! 🎵🎶👏🏻 https://t.co/hGOhbosSwk

12/07/19

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

The Y9 boys ⁦⁩ Sports Day Javelin winner Sam. M!! 🥇🥇🥇 👏🏻 https://t.co/iB3cSgcFcg

11/07/19

Hi , thank you for your query. Students will remain in their PE kit all day.

11/07/19

It's tomorrow! Students are reminded to wear your full PE kit to school and don't forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, water bottle and lots of positive energy for your SAM group! https://t.co/ILlTePrMvH

10/07/19

A reminder for our parents/carers that the school will close at 1:40pm on the last day of term (Friday 19 July) https://t.co/D5wRz80Yqk

10/07/19

Congratulations to Year 9 student, Katie, for her winning entry in the Young Photographer Competition (Intermediate). https://t.co/3v1q5siNnm

08/07/19

Thank you for your support!

05/07/19

Thank you so much for supporting the event; great to see former student, Charlie, again!

05/07/19

Thank you so much for supporting today's event!

05/07/19

Thank you so much for supporting today's event!

05/07/19

Thank you so much for supporting the event!

05/07/19

Retweeted From Coast to Capital

Today the team are at School in Caterham for the Fair 🏫 A great day ahead for to engage with future employers... all complete with a helicopter and bus! https://t.co/QrFngeNHmo

05/07/19

Thank you so much for supporting the event!

Head of Department: Brian Larkin
email: brian.larkin@destafford.org.uk

Overview

The Computer Science department allows students to study Computer Science to GCSE level. The Computer Science GCSE provides excellent progression to 'A' level Computer Science, vocational courses and on to degree level courses in the areas of Computing, Engineering and Science. It will give you a solid grounding to study any industry standard IT. The course provides the knowledge, skills and understanding that a growing number of employers are demanding. We have a three year Key Stage 4 curriculum, details of which are included below:

Year 9

The purpose of Year 9 is to explore the key concepts involved in programming and computational thinking. You will start by developing a good knowledge of the python programming language and the key concepts that underpin it. In parallel you will be exploring the fundamental mathematical and theoretical concepts that make computing and computers possible.  Throughout the year you will practice applying both the theoretical and practical skills you have learnt to solving increasingly difficult computing problems.

During this year it will be possible for you to support your computer science classwork and broader academic progress by taking part in the Duke of York’s iDEA (inspiring Digital Enterprise Award) as an extra-curricular activity. As a result of taking part in this activity in addition to developing valuable skills you may on the successful completion of a number of tasks gain Bronze and Silver awards.

Year 10

Year 10 is focused on strengthening and broadening the programming and computational thinking skills developed in year 9. You will be responsible for designing and developing your own algorithms and programs with the aim of producing robust, efficient and elegant solutions to real world programming problems.

A good knowledge of multiple programming languages, protocols and interfaces will be developed. Task may include game design in Kodu; GUI (graphical user interface) development in python; advanced programming in Scratch; advanced game design in Python; making networked programs in Python; web development with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS; and App development with Google’s AppInventor.

During this year in addition to continuing with the Duke of York iDEA it will be possible for students who have developed their skills sufficiently to take part in Her Majesty’s Government’s Cyber Schools programme as an extra-curricular activity. This is a unique programme designed to introduce you to the field of cyber security and highlight the potential job roles available and the pathways to achieving the jobs within them.

Year 11

Year 11 will see you utilise the programing skills and knowledge that you have acquired to complete a number of different programming problems. This will lead up to the completion of your Controlled Assessment task.

Your Controlled Assessment task will take approximately 20 hours to complete and during this time you will be required to:

  • Analyse the requirements of a user
  • Design a programming solution
  • Create the program that you have designed
  • Test the solution for any bugs and other errors

Following the completion of this task, the rest of the year will be spent on exam technique.