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St Francis Xavier

Curriculum by year

Use the links below to view the Computer Science curriculum by year.

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10 - Computer ScienceYear 10 - Creative iMediaYear 11 - Computer ScienceYear 11 - Creative iMedia


At SFX our students think like a Computer Scientist because...

they are encouraged to be computational thinkers - they solve problems through, pattern spotting, decomposing problems and abstracting relevant details. They produce solutions through tinkering, creating and debugging whilst developing their resilience. 


At SFX our students think like a Digital Creator because...

they are encouraged to research current practices, listen to and actively respond to feedback. They are self-reflective learners who develop products by trial and error.


Recent research used to inform practices in Computer Science

  • Teach Computing: Promoting effective computing pedagogy 
  • Ofsted: Research review series on computing
  • Kate Jones: Retrieval practise


Computing vision

IT is a valuable tool to support learning and teaching throughout the school. 

The aim of our curriculum is to enable students to make the leap from users of ICT to producers of ICT. They are encouraged to organise work in a manner that allows them to examine their own performance and apply skills across the whole school curriculum.

Following the national curriculum for Computing we aim for our students:

  • To become confident, compassionate and safe users of ICT
  • To have an understanding of how computers work
  • To have an understanding of basic programming concepts
  • To be able to create digital content using software.

Through careful planning, our lessons are designed with all students in mind. We set challenging activities which equip students with independence and courage, essential skills which are needed to become stewards of Computer Science who can change the world for the better.


Whole school visions

Use the links below to view our whole school vision and curriculum vision. 

Whole school vision Whole school curriculum vision    


Curriculum team

  • Mrs E Brownson - Head of Computing
  • Mr A Bulmer - Teacher of Computing


KS4 courses 

  •  GCSE Computer Science - OCR (J277) 
  •  Creative iMedia Level 1/2  - OCR (J834) - Technical award


Enrichment opportunities

In addition to the timetabled lessons the Computing department enhances the curriculum through a range of lunchtime clubs. 


We also have links with the following organisations:

  • Middlesbrough college - Women in digital
  • Teesside University - Hello world
  • InvestIN - The young Computer Scientist
  • Brebras - Computational thinking competition
  • Smallpiece trust - Cyberfirst defenders residential