Head of Department: Mr W Douthwaite
The Computing department at West Kirby Grammar School consists of two specialist staff with both academic and industry experience in the subject. Computing lessons take place in modern, well-equipped computer suites, which make use of i-TV interactive whiteboard technology.
At Key Stage Three, all pupils study Computing for one lesson per week. Topics include designing and interpreting algorithms, programming using the ‘Python’ programming language, data representation, website development, computer hardware, networks and mobile app development.
The department provides a good variety of extra-curricular activities such as a BBC Micro:bit programming club, lunchtime subject support drop in sessions and a Cyber Security club who take part in a national cyber security competition annually.
At Key Stage Four, pupils may study GCSE Computer Science. The subject covers areas such as cyber security, data structures and algorithms, computer networks, programming, computer architecture and the legal/moral/ethical issues in Computing.
Pupils at GCSE complete a piece of controlled assessment where they produce a coded solution to a given computing problem, demonstrating their understanding of problem solving, system design, coding and testing.
The department has an excellent record of results with 2017s cohort achieving 100% A*-C, 61% of those pupils achieving either an A or A* grade.
Pupils may go on to study A Level Computer Science where they will cover advanced topics such as Object-Oriented Programming, abstract data types, data compression and encryption, Boolean algebra and advanced web technologies. As part of their A Level studies, pupils will undertake a large-scale project involving the design, implementation and testing of a coded solution in an area of their choice. Pupils are encouraged to develop advanced solutions using a variety of programming languages.
Computing at West Kirby Grammar aims to provide pupils with critical thinking and problem solving skills as well as an understanding of the technologies, which underpin many modern day computer systems. Pupils will have practical experience of industry standard programming languages in their studies and be well equipped to study Computing at a higher level and progress into a related career.