Mr K P Jones
Mr S Dykes (second in faculty)
It is a fact of modern life that knowledge of computers and ICT is becoming an essential asset in the modern workplace. People have long been talking about the electronic revolution and it is true that we have all come to rely on technology that not that long ago was purely a dream – who doesn’t remember the wierd and wonderful ideas that used to be shown on Tomorrow’s World.
Here at Darland we firmly believe that it is essential that your child is given the opportunity to equip themselves for whatever career they decide to follow. This is why ICT is not only offered as an option in Key Stage 4, but is also delivered as a core subject throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
We have recently changed the core ICT qualification and we are now offering the OCR Nationals in ICT which is an industry and further/higher education recognised qualification. The qualification is purely assessment based and provides the students with a solid introduction into the core ICT skills, such as spreadsheets, database, business presentations and publications. These skills are not only essential for the modern workplace, but they can also benefit the students in the completion of their other studies.
Within Key Stage 3 the students are introduced to a lot of specialised skills such as animation, graphics, sound recording/editing, web page design and basic programming – some examples of these topics can be seen at the Darland Open Evening.
As part of this drive to equip youngsters for the future the school has purchased a suite of Apple iMac. For those that don’t know Apple Macs are fast becoming an essential part of the modern workplace and have the ability to run both the Windows operating system and Apples own operating system, currently OS X Mountain Lion.