Computing & ICT



The importance of being digitally literate is high on most employers' agendas and a high-quality computing education equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.


At the Appleton School, Computing and its provisions enable students to get a good grounding in the skills required today. It is taught in all years as a discrete subject, as well as being used as a tool throughout the curriculum.


At Key Stage 3, students study units that cover:

  • Programming where students learn coding and put together sequences of instructions to control events and produce games.
  • Creative Media that makes use of web design, animation, graphics, presentation, video and sound software.
  • Understanding how computers function and how networks work and thebenefits business and education.
  • In Year 7 they also have the opportunity to study e-Safety and achieve the BCS Level 1 Award in e-Safety.


Computing and ICT are popular optional subjects at Key Stage 4 and The Appleton School currently offers GCSE (9-1) Computer Science, Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative i-Media and Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Information Technologies.


The syllabuses are designed to encourage students to develop a wide variety of skills within 'real-life' contexts. From the first lesson they have to be aware of the audience and plan, design and test a solution fit for purpose.