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15/02/19

Excellent initiative from Y10 GCSE citizenship students raising money and awareness for ⁦ https://t.co/hgeb91PIZX

14/02/19

Thank you , your support is much appreciated.

13/02/19

Retweeted From Julia Church

A recent Ofsted inspection has praised de Stafford School in Caterham and says it is a "good" school - see https://t.co/ETnSgoSjy5 https://t.co/BmgzuugTzF

13/02/19

We look forward to welcoming the parents and carers of our Year 10 students from 4:30pm today

11/02/19

Pupils make ‘strong progress’ at our school, we have ‘well-trained teachers and a caring ethos’ according to our recent Ofsted report. There are plenty of other reasons why we are good - read them in our latest report https://t.co/ldIerXihqr https://t.co/xv396BSWsd

08/02/19

We are delighted to announce we are a ‘good’ school but don’t take our word for it, read our latest Ofsted report here https://t.co/ldIerXihqr

01/02/19

Due to the overnight snowfall we have taken the decision to operate a late start to the school day today (Friday). School will open at 9:30am whereby students should attend SAM time. They should be in full school uniform but may wear footwear more appropriate for the conditions.

31/01/19

Please follow this link to our website for an update regarding weather conditions https://t.co/I7EFkBrsWQ

31/01/19

We are able to open at the normal start time of 8:30am.

31/01/19

We are able to open at normal time this morning but please exercise great care if driving through the school car park. Students should arrive in normal school uniform but may wear footwear appropriate to the icy conditions.

30/01/19

Thank you to all our parents and carers of y11 students who braved the freezing weather to attend parents evening tonight; your support is much appreciated.

30/01/19

We look forward to giving our Year 11 parents/carers a warm welcome from 4:30pm today! Our site team have done a fantastic job ensuring the car park remains accessible despite the current weather conditions. https://t.co/66nxHwqIPZ

30/01/19

Fantastic effort from the site team, working since 5:30am to make the school safe. https://t.co/S1tNqHk04c

30/01/19

The school is open today with a late start for students due to icy conditions. School starts at 9:30am and students are to go straight to SAM.

28/01/19

With heavy snowfall currently forecast for tomorrow evening, we will be monitoring conditions closely. Please check the school website https://t.co/FcOUMuE3r0 or Twitter for updates. https://t.co/wdOi1gaBZc

28/01/19

Don't forget it's Year 11 Parents' Evening this Wednesday @ de Stafford . It's not too late to make an appointment if you haven't already! https://t.co/J9k94p88sO

25/01/19

Retweeted From de Stafford DofE

⁩ DofE students starting off their Fitness session with Mr Harris learning all about setting targets, energy levels on expedition and building fitness! 💪🏻🧗🏻‍♀️🏃‍♂️ https://t.co/oz5gCMBJwL

18/01/19

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Great creativity in a Y7 Parkour lesson! Today’s focus was balance - students were tasked with making an aeroplane ✈️ https://t.co/ArCqQ6m7bF

17/01/19

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Well done to the Y7 Netball team for persevering in a tough match against a strong team today! Some excellent interceptions & well done to Phoebe R for a well deserved player of the match nomination! 👏🏻

16/01/19

We look forward to seeing all our Year 8 parents and carers at the Options Evening which starts at 6pm in the Main Hall https://t.co/GZRjMQVdcu

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.