Computer Science

Staffing and Role

Mr Byrne – Head of Computing
Mr Fleming – Teacher of Computer Science
Mrs O’Connell – Teacher of Computer Science
Miss Freemantle – Teacher of Computer Science
Miss Hall-Vidler – Teacher of Computer Science
Mrs Pate – Teacher of Computer Science

Vision Statement

Computers are the cornerstone of the modern working environment and we aim to ensure our Computer Science students are prepared to face the challenges ahead. We will ensure our students understand how computers can be used for problem solving, communications and productivity, while keeping an eye on the ethical and moral dilemmas brought on by ever more computing power. Students will be will prepared for further study of
Computer Science at A-level and beyond.

KS3 Curriculum

  • Year 7

Students will begin by looking at key skills they will need to stay safe online, as well as learning the practical skills they will need to find information online efficiently. They will then delve into the world of programming, beginning with Scratch and then look at the internal architecture of the computer. Students will then continue their programming journey, building their first websites in HTML before looking at the high-level programming language, Python.

Unit 1 – My Digital World
Unit 2 – Scratch Intro
Unit 3 – Computer Hardware
Unit 4 – Scratch Intermediate
Unit 5 – Website Building – HTML
Unit 8 – Microbit Madness – Python

  • Year 8

In year 8, students will have the opportunity to explore the world of networks; and will continue to hone their skills as programmers. They will take on more challenging programming tasks in various programming environments, and will sample what the GCSE subject will be like. They will learn how the computer stores and communicates information, before finishing with a unit on the history and development of modern computers.

Unit 1 – E-Safety
Unit 2 – Networks
Unit 3 – Scratch Advanced
Unit 4 – Python
Unit 5 – HTML & CSS
Unit 6 – Back to the Future
Unit 7 – Binary

KS4 Curriculum

At KS4, students will study the OCR 9-1 Computer Science course. The course is assessed as follows:

  • Paper 1: Computer systems

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
80 marks
40% of GCSE

  • Paper 2: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
80 marks
40% of GCSE

  • Programming Project

Non-Exam Assessment
40 marks
20% of GCSE

Extra Curricular and Activities

  • Code Academy

Led by Mr Fleming with the assistance of the subject prefects, Code Academy offers an opportunity for KS3 students to experience programming in a more relaxed setting. They will learn essential programming skills and work collaboratively on their own coding projects. Many of our KS4 students came through this club and found what they learned, along with the friendships they made to be particularly valuable when starting their GCSE.


Testbourne will close at 1:10pm on Thursday 21st December. Buses will collect children at 1:10pm. Students who catch public transport will still be able to leave at this time to catch their respective services.