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Computer Science

Pupils develop their computing and digital skills alongside a rich programming experience. They use languages such as Python and Visual Basic to program applications, including Scratch, Lego Mindstorms and AppInventor, and acquire an understanding of the role of sequence, selection and iteration, together with an awareness of the importance of analysis, design, implementation, testing and evaluation. Pupils also learn the basics of HTML tags to create webpages prior to learning to use web authoring software such as Dreamweaver.   

Wider skills in using spreadsheets and databases, e-safety and the impact of technology on society ensure pupils as digital natives, are aware of the wider implications of information technology.

Girls will embark upon the GCSE course with a firm understanding of the potential of computer science to make a real difference to future careers and to the world in which we live.

Challenge & Extension: Pupils enjoy a wide array of enrichment activities including a lunchtime programming club which offers the chance to collaborate on projects. External competitions provide the opportunity to complete computing challenges and present their ideas and solutions to a critical audience.

Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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