The Ashcombe School


computer science

The department offer GCSE and A-level Computer Science which builds on the work pupils complete in the lower school.  We are keen to harness the enthusiasm many young people have for technology and teach them how it actually works.  This is done via coding and studying machine architecture.  We aim to enhance pupils' ability to think logically and error check their code.

Our curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9

Pupils learn how to program web pages using HTML.  They also study computer hardware and learn about the creation of algorithms.

Pupils complete a micro:bit project where they program the small portable device provided by the BBC using python.

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Pupils learn how to develop and use Excel formulae to solve problems.  They develop programming design and writing skills using code studio, particularly iteration, selection, and using functions and procedures.

In addition to Computer Science, pupils develop their ICT skills in a number of lessons.

Our curriculum in the upper school

Our Sixth Form curriculum

 Enrichment opportunities

 In the Lower School, we enter the UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge organised by the University of Oxford.  The challenge introduces computational thinking to pupils while completing the online tasks.  It takes part in over 40 countries and is designed to encourage pupils to become excited about computing.   Many of our pupils gain Certificates of Participation, Merit, and Distinction,  and some successfully achieved a place in the second round and other inter-school competitions.