ICT & Computing


We rely on the exchange and presentation of information, so it's crucial for students to have the confidence and skills in ICT and Computer Science to be able to handle this. This applies to them in their school life, and also further ahead to their university and professional career. Students should be aware of how to use Office applications to an expert level, understand the nuts and bolts of how computers work, and also have the knowledge of how to program and build applications and websites. The department delivers courses to equip students with these skills, with the aim of keeping content as relevant and as current as possible. In this way, we hope to give students the ability to flourish in a rapidly changing landscape.  


The study of ICT and Computer Science aims to provide students with:
  • The skills to use software to solve problems and communicate effectively 
  • An understanding of the key Office programs and the ability to use these to a more expert level
  • The knowledge and confidence to create, analyse and interpret code
  • An awareness of e-safety.


Curriculum Structure
Upper 3 (Year 7) and Lower 4 (Year 8)

Development of skills in ICT and Computer Science

Upper 4 (Year 9) and Lower 5 (Year 10) Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) qualification (core)
Lower 5 (Year 10) and Upper 5 (Year 11) GCSE Computer Science (option)


ICT and Computer Science Qualifications
In our ICT curriculum, our final cohort of students are completing the IGCSE in ICT, whilst we introduce the new Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) qualification. MOS covers the use of Office programs to an expert level and will be studied by all students in Upper 4 and Lower 5 (Years 9 and 10). This is a business-level course and is widely recognised by universities, organisations and companies, including Cambridge University, the NHS and Deloitte.

The Computer Science curriculum builds logical and programming skills, giving students the opportunity to create their own programs, games and systems. A range of programming languages are offered: Scratch, HTML, JavaScript and Python. Students opt to take GCSE Computer Science and may continue their study through to A Level.


Key Stage 3 (KS3) Curriculum

The KS3 curriculum studied in Upper 3 (Year 7) and Lower 4 (Year 8) covers the development of skills in both ICT and Computer Science, as well as encouraging students to become competent touch typists.

Upper 3 (Year 7):

  • iPad Induction (each student uses an iPad in both ICT/Computer Science and across other subjects)
  • Google Classroom and Notability (a note-taking app)
  • Effective web searching
  • Algorithms and Flowcharts
  • How Computers Work (Components and Binary)
  • Scratch Programming
  • BBC Microbits
  • Spreadsheets (Formulas, Functions, Graphs)

Lower 4 (Year 8):

  • Word (Basics, Tables, Shapes)
  • BYOB (Build Your Own Blocks) Programming
  • Databases
  • Flowol (Flowcharts)
  • GameMaker (Games Development)
  • Spreadsheets (IF, COUNT formulas, Conditional Formatting, Graphs)

Students also participate in the Bebras Computational Thinking Competition, Hour of Code, and Safer Internet Day.


ICT & Computing Staff

Mrs Davina Byrne - Lead Teacher of ICT
BSc (Hons) Farnborough, PCET QTS (ICT)

Has taught at St Catherine’s since 2009 but was a pupil at the school from 1988 to 1993. She studied Media Production and Technology for her degree at Farnborough, but then re-trained in ICT a few years later, before progressing into teaching. Prior to teaching at St Catherine’s, she worked as a Deputy Manager of a local community Outreach centre focusing on encouraging adults back into learning how to use computers. Her extra-curricular enthusiasms include: cycling, singing and glass painting.

Miss Sandra Morris - Lead Teacher of Computing
BSc (Hons) Surrey, Computing and IT, QTS

Joined St Catherine's in 2017, where her main focus is the introduction of GCSE Computer Science. Miss Morris previously worked as Head of Computing at St George’s College in Weybridge. Here, she introduced and taught both GCSE and A-Level Computer Science. Before this she worked in industry, at IBM’s headquarters in North Harbour developing systems using Lotus Notes. Her extra-curricular enthusiasms include: cinema, carpentry and London.