Business & Computing

Welcome to the IT Department (Computing and Business Studies)
We endeavour to give students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. It offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing. There is a focus on cyber security, looking at phishing, malware, firewalls and people as the ‘weak point’ in secure systems.

KS3 will learn about debugging and creating simple programmes as well as developing logical reasoning skills in creating, organising, storing, manipulating and retrieving digital data. KS4 will create and debug more complicated programs with specific goals. Opportunities will also be given to use devices to collect, analyse and present data with the opportunity of accreditation in their skilled areas

Meet the IT Department
The department team consists of nine members of staff. These are:

Mr D PughHead of Department
Mr M FreedmanTeacher of Computing
Mr S OliverTeacher of Computing
Mr S SinghHead of Year 9
Mrs P BaileyHead of PE
Mr S MistryTeacher Assistant

Computing Overview
At Stretford High students learn about three key areas of Computing:

  • E-safety
  • Programming
  • Computer Systems

These topics underpin computer science. Computer Science is looking at the scientific maths that is required to program a computer to solve a particular solution.

Our aim is to enable all students to:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation
  • Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems; including designing, writing and debugging programs
  • Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • Understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • Understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
  • Apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.

Business Studies Overview
At KS4 students are offered the opportunity to study GCSE Business; an engaging qualification that is relevant to the world of business today. This qualification equips learners with the skills and confidence to explore how different business situations affect business decisions.

The qualification will encourage learners to make informed choices about a wide range of further learning opportunities and career pathways as well as develop life skills that enable them to become financially and commercially aware.