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Davenant Foundation School, Chester Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 2LD
Telephone: 020 8508 0404
Fax: 020 8508 9301

We are in easy reach from various methods of transport.

Buses: 20, 677
Underground: Debden, Theydon Bois or Loughton. All on the Central Line.
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Computers are widely used in all aspects of business, industry, government, education, leisure and the home.

We aim to give students the skills to facilitate their learning across the curriculum and develop a broad understanding of the fundamentals of computer science and the careers available in this ever-changing discipline.


“I have really enjoyed Computing. I have learnt so much about how computers work. Learning how to plan programs and write code was fun.”

Year 10 Computer Science student


During Years 7-9 the following topics are taught:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9


  1. Key skills unit covers using school system, including the gsuite, effectively.  Students will work collaboratively and learn how to create online documents.
  2. Modelling data in spreadsheet software.
  3. Programming using Scratch and establish the fundamental principles of coding.
  4. Creating webpages with HTML.  Students will learn to hand code webpages using HTML.
  5. Creating stop-frame animations with Adobe Fireworks.


  1. Programming and problem solving using BBC Microbits.
  2. Spreadsheet project to develop a more sophisticated use of formula and modelling techniques.
  3. HTML and CSS with students learning the fundamentals of website technologies. This will revisit and build on skills acquired in Year 7
  4. Introduction to programming with python, which is a text based language. Students will build on their understanding of programming gained in Year 7 (Scratch)
  5. Sound editing to learn how sound is represented in computers and how it can be manipulated.


  1. Databases with students understanding how databases are used.  Students complete a project to create a fully functional database.
  2. Control Systems. Students develop their ability to write algorithms using flow charts.
  3. Programming with python.  Students further develop their problem solving skills during a series of challenges. This will revisit and build on skills from previous years
  4. Mobile Application development. Students design, create, test and evaluate a mobile application using a development environment designed for education.


Two courses are offered at key stage 4: GCSE Computer Science  and Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia  (equivalent to one GCSE).

Students studying GCSE Computer Science follow the OCR specification. During the course, the following topics are covered:

Year 10

Year 11

1. Programming (throughout the year)

2. Systems Architecture

3. Primary and Secondary Storage

4. Data Representation and compression

5. Boolean logic

6. Algorithms and programming fundamentals

7. Programming Languages and IDE's


1. Programming (throughout the year)

2. Computer networks

3. Network security

4. Operating Systems

5. Ethical, cultural and environmental impacts

For more detailed information about the course content and assessment requirements, please refer to the examination board website:  OCR GCSE Computer Science J277 



Students studying the subject at A Level follow the OCR specification.  During the course the following topics are covered.

Year 12

Year 13

Computer Systems:

1. The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices

2. Software and software development

3. Data types and data structures

4. Legal, moral, cultural and ethical  issues

Algorithms and programming:

5. Introduction to programming

6. Assembly language programming

7. Standard algorithms

Programming project:

8. Analysis

9. Design

Computer Systems:

1. Exchanging data with networks, databases, web technologies, encryption and compression.

2. Efficiency of algorithms

3. Advanced data structures

Algorithms and programming:

4. Elements of computational thinking

5. Problem solving and computational methods

Programming project:

6. Development

7. Testing

8. Evaluation

For more detailed information about the course content and assessment requirements, please refer to the examination board website:  OCR A Level Computer Science