Computing at Ampleforth 

All students are given basic training in computing skills in the first year and have access to networked computers. The main clusters of machines are in 6 computer rooms although all departments and boarding houses also have machines linked to the network. Microsoft Office is the standard program suite for staff and students. E-mail and Web facilities are available to all students. E-mail is intended for curriculum use and to help communications with families. Students are expected to behave in a responsible manner on internal and external computer networks and all are required to comply with our Acceptable Use Policy.

The Department aims to encourage students: 

  • To appreciate the wide range of hardware and software tools that may be used in an effective computing system.
  • To prepare for the adult world.
  • To have a systematic approach by developing skills of analysis and design together with testing, evaluation and appropriate documentation as well as the actual implementation of solutions.
  • To keep abreast of current technological developments.
  • To recognise ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with Computer Science and toconsider these issues in a morally responsible manner.
  • To acquire project and time management skills.
  • To learn to touch-type.