Woodkirk is justly proud of its record in ICT. The ICT Department has consistently good results which are significantly above the national average every year. Students enjoy their ICT lessons. We have eight specialist ICT teachers and eight computer suites in which ICT lessons take place.
There are also suites of computers in Business Studies, Science, Languages, English, Music, sixth form study areas and the Learning Resource Centre. This means the school has over 1100 computers, all of which are networked and can access the Internet. Students also use trolleys of wireless laptops in Mathematics, English, Science, Geography, History and RE. All students have their own personal log-on to the Leeds Learning Network and their own email account. In Key Stage 3 ICT every student has a weekly one hour ICT lesson.
In Key Stage 4 ICT students can opt for courses in GCSE ICT, GCSE Business and Communications Systems or OCR National in ICT level 2. Every Key Stage 4 student also follows a one hour a week Functional ICT Skills course whether they opt for one of these courses or not.
Sixth Form students study AS and A2 ICT.
We are following the new Computing National Curriculum which covers six key strands and allows students to learn about computer science as well as digital literacy and key IT skills. We are introducing GCSE computing and following this with A Level computing over the next 2 years.
ICT courses are delivered using Moodle. This is a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that allows students to access their work from any location in or out of school and submit their work electronically for marking and feedback.