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Computer Science and ICT

It is very hard to imagine life today that doesn’t make use of computers, the World Wide Web, email or social networking. In fact, the top ten jobs in demand today didn’t exist in 2004 and many of the world’s biggest companies dwarf long established ones in financial terms and global reach.

The incredibly fast pace of change and development embodies what the Department is about. The Computer Science and ICT Department at Pangbourne wants its students to have the key skills necessary to be successful in the job market.

By the time students leave Pangbourne, they will know how computers, the internet and networks function, how to write computer programs, and have the ability to create websites and use software effectively.

The Department has dedicated classrooms for Computing and uses PCs that run the latest software and we use Raspberry Pis and BBC Microbits for programming and enrichment. A range of resources exist for students to look at the physical technology and find out what they do, with several students using this knowledge to build their own computers.

Students in Forms 1 to 3 follow a broad curriculum that introduces a range of different Computer Science skills but spend most of their time learning to write algorithms and then program their solutions.

At the end of Form 3, students can opt to study the subject at GCSE level (following the OCR board).

A Level Computing (following the OCR board) is also offered to students in the Sixth Form. Students are encouraged to develop their programming knowledge independently and through trips to relevant business and academic institutions.

Extensive support is offered to all students completing GCSE and A Level Computer Science.

Students can attend a Programming Club, which is provided for pupils to extend and develop their programming skills as well as exploring other areas of the computing world. Keen ICT and Computing pupils can also contribute to a blog, curated by the Head of Department, and comment on the technology they see and hear about in the news.

Meet the Teachers

Mr Martin Palfrey - Head of Computing, ICT and Systems

BA (Hons) Theology, Westminster College, Oxford and PGCE ICT, University of Reading

Mr Andrew Sumner - Teacher of Computer Science, Teacher of Physics

BSc (Hons) Physical Sciences, Oxford Brookes University and PGCE Science, QTS, University of Reading

Mrs Danielle Burns - Teacher of Business and Computing 

PGCE Business and Education - Institute of Education, University of London, and Business Marketing Degree - Thames Valley University