The National Curriculum stipulates the skills and exposure that children should have to ICT and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) has produced a Scheme Of Work which we follow and enhance. Children become familiar with working at the computer from the Nursery and Reception classes through to the time they leave. The introduction to ICT skills runs simultaneously with the use of ICT to teach and support English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography and Modern Foreign Languages.
We have a campus-wide network driven by the Viglen Classlink system. There are PCs in classrooms and 'computer labs' in key curriculum areas. Ratio of PCs to children is currently one to two (1:2). 'Office' software, Encyclopaedias, Subject-Specific software, networked CD-ROMS, E-Mail and Internet access is available on all PCs. We have Interactive Whiteboards in most classrooms. The school has impressive video conferencing facilities and children have interacted with a diver at the Great Barrier Reef, with education departments at various museums and with teachers and children at a French school for oral examination practice.
Links between school and home: through our Learning Gateway, children are able to access our servers from their home PC, as well as picking up/handing in assignments and looking at teachers' notes on current lessons, as well as accessing their school email.
The Computer Suites are open to children from 7.45 in the morning until 8.00 at night. Use is supervised by duty staff and monitored via the 'Viglen' Remote system.
"Pupils of all ages display excellent communication and numeracy skills."
ISI Inspection Report 2017