The ICT department is divided into two sections. IT - Support is responsible for the installation and maintenance of all computers and hardware on site while the Teaching Department is responsible for delivering the different courses to the pupils of Stanbridge.
With the addition of the Cisco Academy in 2008 the focus of the ICT Teaching Department has moved towards supplying more practical courses with a relevant industry recognized qualification.
The ICT Teaching Departments are based in two centres on site. The Simon Attlee Centre houses two 14 workstation teaching areas where pupils in Years 7 to 9 receive ‘traditional’ Microsoft Office based courses. These ensure that all students have the skills they need to produce high quality and well researched coursework for their chosen GCSE subjects. Pupils in Years 7 & 8 also have keyboard skills lessons.
In Years 10 & 11 we aim to complete the iPro Level 2 Certificate course. This consists of the PNIE (Panduit Network Infrastructure Essentials) unit, the Cisco IT Essentials 1 unit and an OCR Customer Support Unit. This is a very tough demand and those students not completing the full course will have the opportunity of being separately certificated for the first two units.
In the 6th Form, within the Bridge course, we offer support lessons for students with their coursework and we hope to offer the iPro Level 3 Certificate as an A Level equivalent. This is dependent on our application for this new accreditation being successful.
The first two units of the iPro Level 3 course, done in Year 12, are the CCNA Discovery Units 1 and 2. It is anticipated that students will then be entered for the CCENT qualification although these two units will be certificated separately. Further units in Year 13 complete the iPro qualification and it is anticipated that it may be possible to tailor this to the specific strengths and interests of the students on the course.
The ICT infrastructure at Stanbridge Earls is extensive with wired and wireless access in most areas of the school. Students have their own school email address and monitored and filtered Internet access and are encouraged to use their own laptops on the system. We are currently investigating the best ICT accessibility program options as part of our ongoing development of the systems. We already have TextHelp Gold available and are looking at speech recognition programs.