Ysgol Stanwell School

Archer Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2XL

Information Technology

Head of Department
Dr H Roberts
Miss A Bates
Mrs M Canavan
Mrs S Golding
Mr G Lewis
Mr S Matthews

Stanwell School ICT Department is one of the major departments in the school. Six fully equipped suites of networked PCs ensure that the academic and research needs of students’ are catered for. The latest version of BECTA ICT Mark Accreditation – Awarded for excellence in ICT across the school.  Microsoft’s Office 2016 suite is installed on all PCs as well as Adobe CS5 Suite, allowing web design, graphics work and animation skills to be developed by the pupils.

Pupils are taught how to use these very latest pieces of software and use these to produce high quality pieces of work, at all levels of schooling.

The safe use of technology is a major focus and pupils are taught the areas where issues could occur and what precautions can be taken in order to maintain their safety on the school’s network, internet access and also at home.

Key Stage 3

All pupils will study ICT discretely in Year 7 and 8 for one hour each week. The classes for these sessions are mixed ability and the teaching follows the National Curriculum guidelines. With our excellent resources pupils are able to experience working through both Mac and Windows operating systems as well as making use of portable devices such as iPads and digital cameras.

All learners are enthused by the range of packages and topic areas undertaken which prepare them well for progression into KS4. Learners will study computing elements such as Scratch and some basic HTML and web design, the more traditional ICT subject areas such as spreadsheets and databases as well as graphical sessions to develop their more creative side.

There are further opportunities to develop their skills in extracurricular clubs such as Code Club and homework club.

Code Club

Ms Canavan has held a code club in F8 this year on Thursday evenings for year 7 boys and girls.

Code club creates projects which teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites.

Each term the students will progress and learn more whilst at the same time using their imaginations and making creative projects. Terms 1 & 2 use Scratch to teach the basics of programming. Term 3 teaches the basics of web development using HTML and CSS. Term 4 teaches Python and so on.

Key Stage 4

Raspberry Pi

If taken as an option, pupils have the opportunity to take computing as well as ICT, where they will develop their theory knowledge of computing and learn how to program. Current ties are being made with Cardiff University to allow pupils to visit and expand their knowledge of the subject.

Pupils have the opportunity to to take the WJEC GCSE in Computer Science course where pupils will learn how to program in Python, HTML and Greenfoot. In addition pupils will develop their understanding of theory of Computer Science and sit an external exam.

Pupils also can take the WJEC GCSE in ICT where they will develop their multimedia, spreadsheet and database skills. In addition pupils will develop their understanding of the theory of ICT and sit an external exam.

Weekly homework clubs are run throughout the year to support pupils. Year 11 pupils also run a programming club to teach their peers how to write code.

Key Stage 5: Computing and ICT

We believe that all pupils should from having an advanced knowledge of using and developing technology applications to prepare them for their future careers.

“None of us can know what lies ahead – all we can do is equip ourselves, and more importantly, our children, with essential building blocks of knowledge”

– Michael Gove

Pupils are given the opportunity to study a number of different qualifications in the sixth form:

  • GCSE Computer Science
  • GCE Computer Science
  • GCE Applied ICT

During which they will be using state of the art hardware and software . We work closely with Cardiff University Computer Science department organising visits and lectures for students to experience Higher Education at first hand.


Please find information regarding GCSE Computer Science, GCSE ICT, GCE Applied ICT and GCE Computer Science.

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