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Contact details:
Name : Mr S Martin
Position : Curriculum Area Leader Computer Technology
Email address :

Student IT Helpdesk : 


Computer Technology is taught in the new open-plan Hemingway Suite at Selby High School.  Good IT skills are still needed in education and working life and these are developed alongside the new more technical computing curriculum.  The aim of the computer technology department is to make students independent, safe and confident users of IT, whilst promoting the independence and self-learning skills that employers seek nowadays.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development information

Year 7 students have two lessons per fortnight and will learn typing skills, internet safety, control technology, data representation, computational thinking(logical problem solving) & scratch, networks and web page design.  They are also taught how to use collaborative documents and cloud technologies.

Year 8 students have two lessons per fortnight and will learn typing skills, computational thinking & scratch, vector & bitmap design skills, procedural programming language(python), networks, data storage and sound.

Computer Science

What will I study?
A mixture of theory (to understand the principles and concepts of computer science), computational thinking and coding (how to solve problems, write efficient code and build working systems).

Topics include: - Computer Systems, Hardware & software, Data, Databases, Networks, Programming (currently scratch & python).

It provides opportunities for students to explore the wider social, moral, cultural and ethical issues associated with computer science and to develop as responsible computing practitioners.

What skills will I develop?
Computer technology continues to advance rapidly as does the growth in mobile devices and web related technologies. In summary students will;

  • acquire and apply knowledge, technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms to solve problems using programming
  • use their knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and discerning users of IT, able to make informed decisions about the use of computing and be aware of the implications of different technologies
  • acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of IT in a range of contexts
  • develop computer programs to solve problems
  • develop the skills required to work collaboratively


Useful websites:
Selby student help web site
OCR Computing
BBC learning

Certificate in Digital Applications – CiDA (pronounced cider)

What will I study?
Exam: This aims to give you the knowledge and skills you need to produce attention grabbing web products using web authoring software, multimedia assets and navigation features.

Course Work: This aims to give you the skills and techniques to use artwork and imaging software to design and create effective graphic products for specified purposes and audiences. You will investigate a range of graphic products to find out how images are used to convey a particular message. Once you have a good understanding of the software, you will learn how to produce images that communicate effectively onscreen and in print.

You will demonstrate your ability to create effective images and graphic products through your work on a major project set by Edexcel. This will include exhibiting your work and supporting evidence in an e-portfolio.

What skills will I develop?
Students will learn how to express their creativity in an informed and responsible way whilst encouraging them to reflect on what they produce and strive for excellence.

This course places emphasis on self-learning and encourages students to learn about motivation and target setting whilst equip them with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to design and make effective digital products.

Clubs / Extra Curricular Activities, visits and trips
The IT facilities are supervised every lunchtime for students to catch up on CiDA or Computer Science work, or to compete in the school fantasy football league.  The department is also usually open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for 1 hour after school for students.
Over the last few years the students have enjoyed trips to Manchester Airport, Manchester University as well as a day trip to London.

Useful websites:         
Selby student help web site
BBC learning
Examination website