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Computer Science

This is an exciting, demanding and potentially life changing course for pupils with creative energy, vision, a disciplined work ethic and a pioneering spirit. The world of computer science is changing dramatically and the number of females entering this field is at last on the up. Former US President Barack Obama issued a clarion call to young people in 2014. ”Don’t just play with your phone, learn to program it.”  We endorse that visionary appeal and constantly challenge the tired stereotypes about geeks and anoraks, pedalled by people with no understanding of how computational thinking touches every aspect of modern life.

We no longer learn how applications work, instead we build our own using Python! Pupils have responded to this challenge with imagination, initiative and energy and by creating sophisticated mobile applications for businesses to advertise forthcoming events, broadcast results and record outcomes, while other programming challenges have involved cryptography and encryption. 

Girls are propelled on a rather wonderful journey of discovery and prepared for the world of work with skills which will remain relevant and marketable for a life time. 

Challenge & Extension: a lunchtime programming club offers the opportunity to further explore topics such as encryption, cyber security and their impact on our daily lives. External competitions feature strongly and the school has enjoyed success in the IBM Blue Fusion challenge.

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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