Balshaw’s Church of England High School

ICT & Computing

ICT & Computing Staff

For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Mr S Mort the Curriculum Leader.

  • Mr S Mort - Curriculum Leader
  • Miss D Lockhart
  • Mrs J Greenwood


  • There are approximately 420 computers in school for approximately 1000 students
  • There are 5 main computer rooms – these are connected to a Windows 2012 network
  • There are ICT suites in ICT & Computing, Science, Technology and the Learning Resource Centre
  • Computer rooms within the ICT & Computing Department are open during lunchtime (1pm to 1.30pm) and after school for student use – a timetable is displayed on the doors of rooms 33, 35 and 37
  • A pass must be obtained from Mr Mort at break time to use the computer rooms at lunchtime


  • In Years 7, 8 and 9, students will follow the Key Stage 3 Curriculum
    • Years 7 students receives three lessons of Computing each fortnight
      • In one the extra lessons every fortnight, students will be taught Core ICT skills in Desktop Publishing, Word Processing, Presentation skills, File Management, Email and Internet research
    • Year 8 students receive two lessons of Computing each fortnight
    • Year 9 students receive three lessons of Computing each fortnight
  • In Years 10 and 11, students can opt for extra specialist courses:-
    • GCSE Business
    • GCSE Computer Science
  • There is always 1 computer per student
  • There is a wide range of ICT used across the Curriculum – in all subjects

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Topics / Year









micro:bits & Scratch


Computers and Networks



Small Basic




Websites & Apps

Computer Crime &
Cyber Security

Key Stage 4

GCSE Business 

Assessment is by examination in Year 11

Current Year 10 students are studying the Edexcel (2017) specification and the course covers the following topics:

Theme 1:

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Spotting a Business Opportunity

Putting a Business Idea into Practice

Making the Business Effective

Understanding External Influences on Business

Theme 2: Growing the Business Making Marketing Decisions
Making Operational Decisions Making Financial Decisions Making Human Resource Decisions


  • Theme 1: Investigating Small Business (1.5 hours) (50%)
  • Theme 2: Building a Business (1.5 hours) (50%)

GCSE Business & Communication Systems

Assessment is on both exam and controlled assessment (coursework)

Current Year 11 students are studying the AQA specification and the course covers the following topics:

The Business Environment Security of Data Communication
Business Administration Recruitment and Selection of Staff ICT and Business Communications
The Workplace Training and Rewarding Staff The Internet and E-commerce


  • Unit 8: ICT Systems in Business – Theory Exam (1 hour) (40%)
  • Unit 9: Using ICT in Business – Practical Exam (1.5 hours) (35%)
  • Unit 10: Investigating ICT in Business – Controlled Assessment (approximately 8-12 hrs of class time work) (25%)

GCSE Computer Science

Assessment is by exam and Non-Exam Assessment (coursework) in Year 11

Students follow the AQA (2016) Specification and the course covers the following topics:

Fundamentals of Algorithms Programming Fundamentals of Data Representation Computer Systems
Fundamentals of Computer Networks Fundamentals of Cyber Security Ethical, Legal and Environmental Impacts of Digital Technology on Wider Society including Issues of Privacy Aspects of Software Development


  • Paper 1: Computational Thinking and Problem Solving – Written Exam (1.5 hours) (40%)
  • Paper 2: Written Assessment – Written Exam (1.5 hours) (40%)
  • Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) – Controlled Assessment (20 hours) (20%)
  • AQA GCSE Computer Science is a nationally recognised qualification that is supported by Microsoft


Free Internet access for all students via broadband. Secure filtering measures are in place to prevent access to, or introduction of, unsuitable material

Microsoft Office 2010 (Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, SharePoint and Word) are the main programs

Students also have their own school email accounts using Office 365