In the Computing Department we are committed to give all students, regardless of ability, an understanding of the role that the Computing plays in the world in which they live alongside practical understanding of the uses of a range of computing technologies.  In providing students with these computational skills, it is expected that their knowledge and understanding develops as they apply these across the curriculum, this is taught through our key stands of “Computer Skills”, “Digital Literacy” and “Programming”.  

The department has five computer suites which are available to students throughout the day on an ‘open access’ basis; in addition, other, cross-curricular computing suites exist for use by other departments. The school operates a Local Area Network and also benefits from a wireless connection. 

Aims of the Department

  • To help pupils to understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms, data representation, and communication. 
  • To equip our pupils with the skills to analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems. 
  • To help pupils evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems. 
  • To teach pupils to be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

The schemes of work are selected to give a balanced and varied programme of study, incorporating a full range of differentiation to meet all our students’ needs.  Progression through the key stages leads to students being expected to apply greater understanding and develop into independent learners. 

A Computer Club runs Thursday, at lunchtimes every week, and is staffed by members of the department to promote an atmosphere of independent, cross-curricular study. In these fun and exciting session students get to practice their programming skills using the BBC Microbits, Robotics and Games Design.  

The Department offers a range of accredited courses to accommodate our students through key stages 3, 4 and 5. These include:

  • Lymm High school’s bespoke Key Stage 3 Computing programme of study covering all aspects of the Governments new Computing curriculum, with a focus on our 3 main strands; Computer Skills”, “Digital Literacy” and “Programming”. 
  • OCR GCSE Computer Science J277 
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology  
  • BTEC Extended Certificate in IT Level 3 available to Post 16 students.

You can find more information on our Computing curriculum by clicking on the links below.