Welcome to the Computing Department
Head of Computing
Welcome to the Computing Department. Computing is a term that is used to describe three facets of Information Technology; Computer Science, Information Communication Technology and Digital Literacy.
At St Christopher’s Senior School, our computing programme of study allows our students to understand how computational thinking and purposeful use of common applications can improve problem-solving skills that will enable them to change the world around them. “Computational Thinking” is a key learning strategy for our students. Computational thinking is essentially about breaking down complex problems and focusing on the core skills needed to design and implement solutions. It is a necessary life skill and applicable far beyond our curriculum. We have a passion for computing because we strongly believe our students must be equipped with the technical and thinking skills needed to become problem solvers and global citizens who one day may help solve the current and emerging international challenges that face humanity.
Computing develops and requires logical thinking and precision. It combines creativity with rigour: our students apply underlying principles to understand real-world systems. More broadly, it provides a lens through which to understand both natural and artificial systems, and has substantial links with the teaching of mathematics, science, and design and technology. We are rightly proud of our computing curriculum which not only delivers outstanding examination results, but ensures that each and every student has access to the best possible teaching and learning resources available in order to support their journey in this fascinating subject.
At the core of our computing curriculum is the science and engineering discipline of Computer Science, in which pupils are taught how digital systems work, how they are designed and programmed, and the fundamental principles of information and computation. Computer Science is focused on creating new applications for computers. This means that computer scientists must have a deeper understanding of computers, algorithms, programming languages and theory that demand tacit exploration of the unknown and development of imaginative solutions to problems that may not even exist!
Building on this core, our computing curriculum offers ICT (Information Communication Technology) which enables our students to apply information technology to create products and solutions using a variety of applications. It also ensures that our pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves through information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.