The whole school site is linked by a modern, high speed network that gives access to a wide range of generic and subject-specific software. As far as possible we ensure that the hardware is kept up to date and is capable of supporting the increasing demands of the digital curriculum.
The ICT Department is open from 7:30 am until 4.30pm each day and students are enabled to use the facilities throughout the day.
The Leader of ICT leads the strategic planning and development of ICT throughout the school and a team of experienced technicians manage the day to day running of the network.
The philosophy that underpins both the ICT curriculum and the distribution of hardware around the school is that ICT is a skill, rather like reading and writing, which is used in all subjects across the curriculum. Our aim is to teach and use ICT skills in almost all subject areas and to teach the use of packages such as Word or Excel within a real context as part of, for example, the science curriculum.
The school has 182 workstations most of which are running Windows. All workstations have Microsoft Office installed and many pieces of curriculum-based software are also available. "Firewall" is used to filter the Internet connection and emails are scanned for viruses and "spam" at the Internet level.