Part of the 'Express' Wing
Head of Computing
Mr Dourass joined Brannel in January 2016 as Head of Computing and ICT. Mr Dourass was born in Birmingham before studying computer science in Derby. Prior to teaching Mr Dourass had several jobs working with ICT, including Taylor Woodrow, Royal Bank of Scotland and Subway. Mr Dourass taught in a school in Derbyshire for six years before moving to Cornwall. His hobbies including skiing, golf, family history and football. Mr Dourass is a huge Birmingham City fan. Exploring Cornwall with his family is also high on the priority list.
Teacher of Computing
Ms Byrne joined Brannel in January 2015 as Deputy Headteacher. Ms Byrne grew up in Yorkshire before moving to Liverpool to study Home Economics, She graduated from Liverpool with a B.A. (Hons.) followed by a P.G.C.E. During the twenty years spent working at several London secondary schools Ms Byrne also found time to complete a M.A. in Educational Management and Administration. Ms Byrne loves working with young people who never stop amazing her with their resilience, and determination to succeed whilst maintaining a fantastic sense of humour. When not at school Ms Byrne enjoys the theatre, gardening and walking.
The Computing Department
At Brannel we are very fortunate to have access to the latest ICT equipment. As a department we encourage our students to:
•develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology
•develop and apply their analytic, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills
•understand how changes in technology affect safety, including new ways to protect their online privacy and identity, and how to report a range of concerns
•Use ICT resources effectively and independently
•Demonstrate a practical competence in using a number of Microsoft & Adobe Applications including Word, Excel, Access, Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Flash
•Further their understanding and appreciation of ICT applications within everyday situations
•Recognise the importance of ICT in the continued development of society as a whole
In years 8 and 9 students receive 1 lesson per week and in year 7 one lesson per fortnight of computing. All key stage 3 lessons enable students to receive comprehensive guidance and instruction on a wide variety of techniques.
Skill development is taught through focussed lessons in addition to project based learning. Students are taught to:
•design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems
•understand several key algorithms that reflect computational thinking [for example, ones for sorting and searching]; use logical reasoning to compare the utility of alternative algorithms for the same problem
•use 2 or more programming languages, at least one of which is textual, to solve a variety of computational problems; make appropriate use of data structures [for example, lists, tables or arrays]; design and develop modular programs that use procedures or functions
•understand simple Boolean logic [for example, AND, OR and NOT] and some of its uses in circuits and programming; understand how numbers can be represented in binary, and be able to carry out simple operations on binary numbers [for example, binary addition, and conversion between binary and decimal]
•understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
•understand how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system; understand how data of various types (including text, sounds and pictures) can be represented and manipulated digitally, in the form of binary digits
•undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users
•create, reuse, revise and repurpose digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability
•understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct, and know how to report concerns
KS4 – GCSE Computing – OCR www.ocr.org.uk
• The course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. Students will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology from their other subjects and elsewhere. However, this course will give them an insight into what goes on 'behind the scenes', including computer programming, which many students find absorbing.
• The course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of computer science. The increasing importance of information technologies means there will be a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. Students who've taken a GCSE in
Computing and who then progress to study the subject at A Level or university will have an advantage over their colleagues who are picking up the subject at these levels.
• The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming, giving students a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. In this respect, the course provides excellent preparation for students who want to study or work in areas that rely on these skills, especially where they are applied to technical problems.
These areas include engineering, financial and resource management, science and medicine.
KS4 - OCR Cambridge National Exam Board – OCR www.ocr.org.uk
This qualification will assess the application of ICT skills through their practical use. They will provide students with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in other subjects with the aims of enhancing their employability when they leave education, contributing to their personal development and future economic well-being. The OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT will equip students with sound ICT skills for everyday use and provide opportunities to develop in context those desirable, transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others or communicating technical concepts effectively. They will also challenge all students, including high attaining students, by introducing them to demanding material and skills; encouraging independence and creativity.