Northampton School for Boys


ICT and Computer Science

Team Leader - Mr N. Berkin

Pupils in Years 7 to 9 develop a range of computer science skills. They begin by learning to manipulate code in programs like Scratch and Code Combat where they are introduced to computing concepts like “iteration” and continue to develop a basic understanding of the Python programming language. They also have a wide range of opportunities to develop their ICT skills using Microsoft Office programs and a variety of Animation and Graphics applications. Web development also features and a simple understand of HTML and CSS is also developed.

In Year 10 the Team currently offers the OCR GCSE Computer Science course. Here students learn about hardware and software of a computer system, including the development of simple software and programming techniques. At Sixth Form level the Team follows a the linear OCR A Level Computer Science course, where advanced problem solving skills and programming are taught along with a deep understanding of hardware and software.

The Team offer the use of the facilities for ICT students at lunchtime and also after school. There are a number of clubs including programming in Python and also general ICT clubs.

We have excellent computer resources in the Team area and these are used in a range of courses from key Stage 3 to A Level. All teaching resources from programs to PowerPoint presentations are available to students on the school network. These can also be accessed outside school.

The software we use throughout is of industry standard whether used for web page design or developing interactive presentations. There are excellent digital display facilities and good resources for quality scanning and printing. Our current programming platforms include Python 3 and the .net languages at later stages.

ICT Team

Mr N. Berkin
Mr P. Flood
Mr A. Peck