“Everyone should learn how to program a computer. It teaches you how to think.” - Steve Jobs
Computer Science is the scientific and practical study of computation and problem solving. At Ampleforth we not only teach the digital literacy skills required to thrive in a digital world but we also embrace computational thinking as a tool for developing the logic and problem solving skills which set apart our students from their peers. We aim to equip them for Computer Science as an academic discipline and as an essential tool to make a positive impact on the world.
The Department aims to encourage students:
- …to use abstraction, decomposition, pattern recognition and algorithmic thinking to analyse and solve complex problems.
- …to learn to be confident in using a broad range of software packages required to excel in a digital world.
- …to recognise the legal, cultural and ethical implications of computing in society to become a responsible digital citizen and user of technology.
- …to use technology to enhance their creativity.
- …to learn to code and solve problems in at least one programming language by the end of key stage 3, two by the end of key stage 4 and 3 by the end of key stage 5.