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22/04/18

Retweeted From Mrs Singleton

and are being represented in the London Marathon today! Best of luck Miss Flynn and Miss Greenland 🏃🏽‍♀️👟

17/04/18

Congratulations go to de Stafford student Max Callender on his winning entry in the Caterham Rotary Clubs annual essay writing competition, 'Prix de la Paix'. Thanks to Mr Geraint Jenkins of Caterham Rotary Club who presented Max with his certificate (pictured) https://t.co/9lhP0Rjkov

15/04/18

Looking forward to welcoming students back to school tomorrow! Don’t forget we return to a Week 1 timetable.

29/03/18

To discover some of what we've been up to this half term, you can view our latest newsletter online now:- https://t.co/vcwKUGxlLG We'd like to wish all our followers a very Happy Easter! https://t.co/mOnCWXhIR0

28/03/18

We are looking forward to seeing our Year 10 parents and carers from 4:30pm today! https://t.co/R5qhjimH7d

27/03/18

Congratulations to SAM group 8KBa who earned the most achievement points this term. You too have been rewarded with a mufti-day tomorrow (Weds). https://t.co/Iao2i0OzCy

27/03/18

Retweeted From de Stafford Jenkins Centre

Please join us on Wednesday 4-5.30pm for coffee and hot cross buns in aid of Autism Awareness week. This community event is for parents and families of children with ASD. This will be an opportunity to meet other families, share stories and look at study skills for students.

26/03/18

SAM Group 7RLR will have a Mufti Day on Wednesday (28th) for earning the most achievement points. Well done 7RLR! https://t.co/chZFN4pRTf

23/03/18

Retweeted From Jack Pepper

Great to lead a workshop with some fantastic students at today! We discussed and Franz Liszt, and went from monophony to polyphony via melody and accompaniment.... Thank you for having me!

22/03/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Thanks to for hosting the year 9B ⚽️ tournament. Well done to who finished 2nd!! Special mention to Zach Jennings for an absolute screamer against and well done to POMs Reece Weekes and Jack Perkins. A great team effort! https://t.co/gWuKqwLEOQ

22/03/18

The Year 11 Easter revision timetable is now available to view and download on our website:- https://t.co/v9c4TPe4az

22/03/18

A reminder that Year 9s only are invited to participate in a Mufti Day tomorrow(Friday) in exchange for a £1 donation to St Catherine's Hospice. The theme is 'Orange'.

21/03/18

We look forward to seeing our Year 7 parents/carers from 4:30pm today https://t.co/TFEgMGEdHV

20/03/18

It's the International Day of Happiness, a day to focus on the importance of relationships, kindness and helping each other.#InternationalDayofHappiness2018 https://t.co/GRw2nxc6ey

19/03/18

We are able to open as normal today. However, the car park and loop road have not been treated so please avoid driving on to the school site, if possible. Students should attend in normal school uniform but they may wear footwear appropriate for the icy conditions.

18/03/18

Clubs will hopefully continue as normal but we will assess conditions during the day and make a decision by lunchtime.

18/03/18

Light snow is forecast to fall for the rest of the evening in Caterham. We plan to open as normal in the morning but will update the website by 7am if a late start is necessary.

15/03/18

Retweeted From de Stafford School

Staff vs Students Dodgeball! Another fantastic fundraising effort from our Business Studies students for St Catherine's Hospice Five-O Project https://t.co/Ik78PKKDy8

15/03/18

Staff vs Students Dodgeball! Another fantastic fundraising effort from our Business Studies students for St Catherine's Hospice Five-O Project https://t.co/Ik78PKKDy8

15/03/18

Sadly, due to waterlogged pitches at The Beacon School the Year 8 football tournament has been cancelled today

Head of Department: Mr D Peacefield
email: dan.peacefield@destafford.org.uk  

Overview

ICT (Cambridge Nationals) is extremely relevant to students moving into today’s job markets. This subject trains them in a practical way to respond to the given needs of a variety of businesses in different scenarios. Students will work with a range of pieces of software, such as office, graphics and multimedia software to deliver fully-planned, excitingly-built, and carefully-evaluated solutions. They will also find out how hardware and security fit in to the business environment. This qualification is equivalent to a GCSE and counts towards student and school performance.

There is a heavy coursework bias in this qualification which really suits many students: Coursework - 75%; Exams - 25%.

External Examination

Unit 1 represents 25% of the overall mark and is a 1 hour exam. We take this in January as it works well with the timing of the course and gets one exam out of the way before the main block in the summer exam series. It also means that students can focus single-mindedly on their coursework until the final deadline at the beginning of May in Year 11. We have had excellent results by taking this approach. This unit, "Understanding Computer Systems", will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to use computer systems effectively. Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the systems they use both at home and at school and will explore how these same technologies are used by business organisations.

From personal computers to smartphones, computing devices are an essential feature of the modern world. Technology may be changing every day, but the knowledge and understanding of how to use computers effectively is the same regardless of the technology being used. Computers are powerful devices for the storage and manipulation of data, but how can they be used effectively and the important data they use be stored securely?

On completion of this unit, their regard for their own personal data security and for the security of the data of others will be increased and, overall, learners will be more informed users of computers making them more effective participators in business and social life.

Internally Assessed Controlled Assessment

Unit 2 is compulsory and we choose to cover Unit 5 and Unit 6. Each unit is worth 25% of the final mark.

Unit 2, "Using ICT to create business solutions", is a complex unit which explores skills and knowledge of the various office applications such as spreadsheets, desktop publishing and databases in some depth. They will be required to learn about building an appropriate house-style with self-created logo and asked to apply it consistently throughout their work.

Unit 5, "Creating an interactive product using multimedia components", is an enjoyable unit where students are asked to create a stand-alone multimedia object such as an interactive presentation or a website. They will add animations, videos, sounds and songs as well as a user interactivity such as buttons and a booking form with drop-down menus.

Unit 6, "Creating digital images", is centred around designing a logo and some accompanying advertising images using image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. This will encourage students to gain written and oral feedback on their work from various sources and to try out a number of designs. They have a great deal of freedom within the brief and this is our most popular unit.

Programme of Study

Year 10

 Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Unit 6 - Graphics

Spring 1

Spring 2

Unit 2 - ICT in Business

Summer 1

Summer 2

Unit 2 - ICT in Business

Year 11

 Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Unit 5 - Multimedia

Unit 1 - Exam prep

Spring 1

Spring 2

Exam in Jan then Unit 5 - Multimedia

Unit 5 - Multimedia

Summer 1

Summer 2

Final deadline for all units: 1st week of May.

N/A

Extended Learning

During the learning for Unit 1 there is an intense programme of extended learning, featuring research and exam preparation, however, there is no homework expected during the controlled assessments and all of the work will be completed in the classroom.

Curriculum Enrichment

We intend to invite visiting speakers from the world of work and ICT into the department throughout the year.