To help our pupils develop future skills, we have expanded our Computer Science provision, with more timetabled lessons and co-curricular sessions.
In the Senior School, a new Computer Science curriculum in Years 7 to 9 enables pupils to develop problem-solving, invention and leadership skills. Whether learning to code, inventing products or solving real-world problems, pupils will explore a range of emerging technologies: robotics, artificial intelligence, cyber security, virtual and augmented reality, game development, the internet of things and more.
In the Junior School, pupils have Computer Science from the age of 4, when they begin to experiment with algorithms, programming and physical computing using micro:bits. Both GCSE and A Level Computer Science are on offer and a growing number of leavers go on to study computing-related degrees each year.
In addition, the department has also launched codeLab, a new emerging technology enrichment programme, open to all Senior School students, regardless of subject specialism. We have also built a new Computer Science Suite in the Senior School to better support project-based learning and collaboration. This fully flexible, interactive space, with a new bank of Chromebooks, encourages girls to write on the walls as they design, code and create. A wide range of software development tools have been introduced for app, web and game development, while Raspberry PI workstations and the latest micro:bits and sensor boards are also available.