Digital Technology

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Mrs C Barkley-Smith (Leader of Learning)
Ms P Boyd
Mr C Patterson
Mr C Harbinson
Mrs L Brown
Miss T McCracken
Mr R Quinn
Ms G Campbell
Mr F Clarke (Digital Technology Manager)

Due to the Belfast Model School for Girls’ past designation as a Specialist School in Digital Technology, the Digital Technology Department has developed an impressive array of facilities including; 25 rooms housing a total of 430 Windows PCs, 2 suites housing a total of 40 Apple Mac computers, Chromebooks allocated to KS4 and KS5 students, 100 iPads available to students through a bookable service, as well as 3 departments having designated iPad allocation.   Every classroom is equipped with a teacher computer and Promethean Interactive Whiteboard and webcam, as well as 8 state of the art 4K Interactive Panels available throughout the building.  Mono-laser printers are available in every computer suite, with a number of additional colour laser printers throughout the school.

The Department offers a discreet double period of Digital Technology per week throughout Year 8, 9 and 10 where pupils are taught a wide range of topics encompassing Computing and Digital Literacy: eSafety, Storage and Memory, Computer Architecture, Scratch, Binary and Advanced HTML. This lays the foundations for the Key Stage 4 and 5 curriculums on offer. We are also ambassadors for “Hour of Code” initiative and regularly hold workshops with local computing companies like Kainos and CIVVICA to further enrich, empower and engage our students in the subject.

In Year 11, all pupils will progress to study GCSE level OCR Computer Science, or OCN NI Level 2 in Information Technology Applications. In Sixth Form, we offer OCR Cambridge Technical 2016 qualification of Level 3 Extended Certificate in Information Technology. This course allows progression into industry, higher education and apprenticeships. We have had students in the top of the UK results in the past, and we are proud to have students working in Cyber Security, App Development, Programme Testing and even as old fashioned ICT Teachers.

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Victoria Evitt with past pupil Helene McKendry


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