Information Communication Technology
Here at The Sutton Academy, we fully appreciate the impact that ICT continues to have on all of our lives, together with the opportunities and challenges which that presents.
Whilst it remains the overall objective of the ICT department to develop, maintain and stimulate students' curiosity, interest, enthusiasm and enjoyment in information technology, this task is not viewed as the sole remit of the ICT department. Indeed, in this technological age, the teaching of ICT skills and theory is an obligation shared by the whole academy community. This approach ensures that our learners are provided with significant access to technology across all of the curriculum areas. Read more...
As well as contributing significantly to the community dimensions of the teaching of ICT across the entire academy, the aims of the ICT department are:
* to ensure that students receive a broad, relevant and balanced curriculum.
* to develop a programme of study which promotes progression from Year 7 through to Year 13.
* encourage students to gather, store, process and present information through activities in a range of contexts.
* provide students with opportunities to analyse, design, implement and document ICT systems for use by others.
* encourage students to develop an understanding of the wider applications and effects of ICT.
* encourage students to solve problems through the use of ICT and associated principles and techniques.
* provide students with a broad and balanced view of the range of applications and information systems and an understanding of their capabilities and limitations
* to consider how ICT is used both locally and globally.
We have 14 fully equipped ICT Suites, offering our students access to the contemporary computer technology in an office-like environment. This is complimented by a further 9 wireless laptop trolleys, hosting upto an additional 30 laptops on each, all of which make full use of our site-wide wireless network facility.
Substantial and on-going investment in software means that our students have the opportunity to use many of the most up-to-date industry-standard software, including: Microsoft Office (which includes Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Access, Publisher and Excel), Adobe Creative Suite 4 which includes Flash, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Freehand as well as Audacity.
Key Stage 3 ICT
Throughout Key Stage 3 students will participate in a variety of projects aimed at developing their functional skills and knowledge of ICT systems and software, honing their problem-solving skills and promoting confidence when using ICT hardware and software.
Key Stage 4 ICT
At Key Stage 4 students study the OCR Level 2 National Award in ICT. This popular GCSE-equivalent course is highly regarded amongst ICT practitioners for both its topical content and relevance to young people. There is no terminal examination in this course; it is assessed based upon the student's evidence of successfully completing the relevant coursework tasks.
Key Stage 5 ICT
We currently offer our sixth form students the opportunity to study the OCR Level 3 National Certificate in ICT. This course builds upon the knowledge students gained throughout their Key Stage 4 ICT studies as well as to develop new skills and competences. Once again, there is no terminal examination in this course; it is assessed based upon the student's evidence of successfully completing the relevant coursework tasks.