The Staff Team

Mrs Faulkner has a degree in Business Studies with Social Policy and Administration, PGCE in Business Studies and ICT, and a Master’s in Education. Mrs Faulkner teaches Computer Science, she is particularly interested in gadgets and technology.

Mr Liddament has a degree in Software Engineering and started at Chipping Norton School in 2012. He has a particular interest in programming and can be often be found helping staff solve ICT problems.

Learning Spaces

Students are taught in a suite of computers and they have access to these rooms during & after school. There are numerous other computer rooms within the school that ensures all students have an opportunity to continue their study outside of lessons.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Year 7 & 8 have one Computing lesson per timetable per fortnight. During Year 7 & 8 students have an opportunity to learn programming as well as develop their ‘Digital

Literacy’ and ICT skills.

Year 7

Term 1&2 – E-Safety
Term 3&4 – Scratch games
Term 5&6 – Introduction to binary and Micro:bits

Year 8

Term 1&2 – Log Flume Project
Term 3&4 – The Computer System, Truth tables and Structured Programming
Term 5&6 – Spreadsheets and HTML

Key Stage 4 – OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Computer Science

GCSE Computer Science is a practical & stimulating subject and gives students the opportunity to study a subject at the forefront of innovation & technology. Students can choose to start the GCSE in Computer Science in term 6 of Year 9. The course encourages learners to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science. They are required to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. During the course students will explore the impact of digital technology to the individual and to the wider society.

The content of the course is as follows;

  1. Computer systems
    1. Systems Architecture
    2. Memory
    3. Storage
    4. Wired and wireless networks
    5. Network topologies, protocols and layers
    6. System security
    7. System software
    8. Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
  2. Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
    1. Algorithms
    2. Programming techniques
    3. Producing robust programs
    4. Computational logic
    5. Translators and facilities of languages
    6. Data representation
  3. Programming Project

Key Stage 5 OCR A Level Computer Science

The aims of the course are to enable learners to develop: An understanding and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including: abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation, the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so, the capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically, the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science, and develop mathematical skills.

Students will study

  1. The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  2. Software and software development
  3. Exchanging data
  4. Data types, data structures and algorithms
  5. Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
  6. Elements of computational thinking
  7. Problem solving and programming
  8. Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms