Computing is a vital part of the curriculum at HLC where students learn many new, innovative and exciting skills such as: Web Design, QR Coding, computing fundamentals, gaming, graphics and Microsoft applications.
In addition to this the students learn how to use the Internet safely, through dedicated units surrounding Esafety. In the computing Department we have four dedicated Computer suites equipped with state of the art facilities and all of the latest software that enable all students to have the opportunity to enhance to enhance their existing computing skills and encourage them to develop new interests in the subject.
We believe that computing is a pivotal part of the future and gives students vital skills for further study and employment and the department strives to teach all of those necessary skills.
We look forward to teaching your child to be the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg.


Mrs Natalie Stewart

Subject Leader

Computing Curriculum.

Facilities on offer:

1 specialist ICT suite with interactive Promethean ActivPanel and new high specification computers.
Numerous specialist software
Webcams and Headphones
Graphics Tablets
Management Software (voting and collaborative Raspberry Pi’s
Arduino boards
Kinect Sensor

Year 7
EsafetyGraphics and AnimationScratch
Graphics and AnimationScratchMicrobit
Hours per week: 1
Year 8
PythonWeb design and creationFUNdamentals
Hours per week: 1
Year 10
Representing algorithms ProgrammingData Representation
Efficiency of Algorithms Data TypesNumber Bases
Searching AlgorithmsProgramming ConceptsUnits of Information
Sorting AlgorithmsArithmetic, Boolean and Relational OperationsEncoding
Data StructuresRepresenting Images and Sound
File and String HandlingData Compression
Computer Science hours per week: 3


Code Club

At Code Club our aim is to inspire the next generation to get excited about computer science and digital making. We are part of a nationwide network of educators who run coding clubs for children to build and share their ideas, learning along the way. The projects are written to help children learn Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python by making games, animations, and websites. The projects gradually introduce coding concepts to allow children to build their knowledge incrementally, meaning students can take ownership of their own learning whilst having the support of the staff.

Teen Tech

The TeenTech experience is a highly interactive event designed to inspire young teenagers about the contemporary world of Science, Engineering and Technology.  The TeenTech experience gives students the opportunity to try their hand at experiments, to handle leading edge technology and, most importantly to spend time with the Engineers, Technologists and Scientists influencing their 21st century lives.

Race for the Line

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

Computing and ICT contributes to the students SMSC development in a number of ways often through: Preparing children for the challenge of living and learning in a technologically enriched, increasingly inter connected world; increasing awareness of the moral dilemmas created by technological advances and establishing boundaries in society by considering what is acceptable.

Esaftey is a large strand of the SMSC provision for Computing and ICT and is again taught freely as the learning discussion necessitates. eSafety is taught using CEOP and UK safer internet resources and covers all aspects including: Cyberbullying, social media, reliability and bias, free speech, online censorship and responsibilities in industry, school and home.

  • Spiritual Development

    Spiritual education provides opportunities for reflection of respect about the achievements in Computing and ICT today and the possibilities for the future. It allows students to have the opportunity to reflect on, for example, how computers can sometimes perform better in certain activities than people. To promote students spiritual development, their sense of self and their will to achieve, the Computing and ICT department continually takes the opportunity to praise students for their contribution in lessons.
  • Moral Development

    Moral education helps pupils to explore aspects of real and imaginary situations and enables them to reflect on the possible consequences of different actions and situations. It can raise issues such as, is it fair that some people in this country and in other countries cannot use the internet. Through real life issues, students also consider issues surrounding the misuse and access rights to personal data. The use of real world issues in Computing and ICT encourages students to draw conclusions through evidence rather than their preconceptions whilst allowing the students the time to reflect on the origins of their own personal perceptions of a topic.
  • Social Development

    Social education involves collaborative work which encourages social development. Computing and ICT can also help all pupils to express themselves clearly and to communicate. As students’ progress through their learning they will consider more complex social needs and are encouraged to research and work collaboratively to find appropriate solutions to issues that may affect particular groups within society.
  • Cultural Development

    Cultural education involves the breaking through of linguistic and cultural barriers. It is possible to e-mail or chat across the world and to word process in the mother tongue. Computing and ICT creates new opportunities to communicate such as social networks. Whilst studying various aspects students are asked to reflect on how different cultures are portrayed on the internet and why or who is portraying them in this way. Students are also challenged to think about how differing cultures access and use the internet and what implications this has on the individual and the culture.

Enrichment Opportunities:

Computer Science Club
Code Club
Homework Club

Computing News.

HLC presented with “Third Millennium School “ Award

HLC was presented with the “Third Millennium School “ Award in London last week, at the BETT show held at the ExCel Centre in London. We sent some great Y10 students with Miss Hughes, Mr Thompson and Mr King to collect the award! This is a very prestigious award which only a small number of school’s nationally have gained and recognises our leading edge ICT at HLC.

Dr. Gill Eatough
Hadley Learning Community

Secondary Phase Our Community, Our School
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