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“Everyone should learn how to program a computer. It teaches you how to think.” - Steve Jobs

Computer Science is the scientific and practical study of computation and problem-solving. At Ampleforth we not only teach the digital literacy skills required to thrive in a digital world, but we also embrace computational thinking as a tool for developing the logic and problem-solving skills which set apart our students from their peers. We aim to equip them for Computer Science as an academic discipline and as an essential tool to make a positive impact on the world.

Aims of the Department: 

Encourage pupils to:

  • …to use abstraction, decomposition, pattern recognition and algorithmic thinking to analyse and solve complex problems.
  • …to learn to be confident in using a broad range of software packages required to excel in a digital world.
  •  …to recognise the legal, cultural and ethical implications of computing in society to become a responsible digital citizen  and user of technology.
  • …to use technology to enhance their creativity.
  • …to learn to code and solve problems in at least one programming language by the end of key stage 3, two by the end of key stage 4 and 3 by the end of key stage 5.

A Compass for Life

Full Boarding & Day School for students aged 11 to 18