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Hadleigh High School


Staff Members

Mrs S Bakerwood (Head of Faculty), Mr T Green, Mrs H Wing, Mrs J Vinter, Mrs L Mitson, Mrs N Wilby, Mr J MacRae,  Mr B Magrath,  Mr M Mathewson, 

Key Stage 3

The aim of our Key Stage 3 curriculum is to develop a range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge to prepare our students in a curriculum that mixes Computing, IT, Media and digital literacy to ensure our students have the right skills for use beyond school.


Our students are encouraged to experiment with software and learn transferable skills that can be applied to any system or software. With jobs of the future involving IT systems that do not even exist yet, we want each student to develop enquiry skills and an understanding of software and hardware that can be transferred to a modern world.


Students undertake a varied IT and Computing Curriculum at Hadleigh High School and build upon their expertise each year to prepare them for making their guided choices at Key Stage 4.


Year 7 – Getting Organised, Computer Hardware, Basic Spreadsheets, Microbit, Vector Image creation,  HTML Introduction.


Year 8 – My Digital World, Bitmap Images Editing, Advanced Spreadsheets, Python Programming, HTML and CSS Website Design.


Year 9 – Back to the Future of Computing, Flash Animation, Python Programming, CSS and JavaScript Website Design.


 Assessment at Key Stage 3


Students are formally assessed twice a year in their knowledge week assessments. Throughout units of study, knowledge and practical skills will be tested regularly to check for understanding of the content. 

Key Stage 4

We offer two qualifications at Key stage 4:


  • Computer Science (9-1) – OCR
  • Creative iMedia - OCR Cambridge Nationals


Each student will have four lessons per fortnight for their chosen course.


Computer Science


This qualification aims to encourage students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science. It covers computer hardware, networking, ethical legal and cultural concerns, as well as developing skills and understanding in computational thinking.

This course consists of two exam papers and a programming project. At the end of the course students will be awarded a grade 9-1.


  • Computer Systems (50%) written paper
  • Computational Thinking, algorithms and programming (50%) written paper
  • Programming Project



Term 1 (Autumn)

Term 2 (Spring)

Term 3 (Summer)


Computer Architecture



Data Representation

System Software


Algorithms (Sort and Search)

Robust Programs

Computational Logic


Programming Continued

Programming Project Prep


Programming Recap

Programming Project

Translators and IDE

Computer Ethics

Examination prep for Unit 1 and Unit 2

Examination prep for Unit 1 and Unit 2


Creative iMedia


This qualification will assess the application of creative media skills through their practical use and equip learners with a range of transferable skills such as research, planning and reviewing.  At the end of the course students are awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction at either level 1 or 2. With a Distinction* at Level 2 available to inspire students to achieve more.


This course consists of 4 units of work.


  • R081: Pre-Production Skills (25%) written paper
  • R082: Creating digital graphics (25%) moderated coursework unit
  • R085: Creating a Multipage Website (25%) moderated coursework unit
  • R086: Creating a Digital Animation (25%) moderated coursework unit



Term 1 (Autumn)

Term 2 (Spring)

Term 3 (Summer)


Understanding the purpose and content of pre-production.

Being able to plan pre- production.

Being able to produce and review pre-production documents.


Being able to plan the creation of a digital graphics.

Creation of digital graphics.


Examination prep for R081

R081 Examination


Continued Creation of digital graphics.

Reviewing digital graphics.



Understanding the properties and features of multipage websites.

Planning a multipage website.

Creating a multipage website.

Reviewing a multipage website.

Understanding the basics of digital animation

Planning a digital animation.

Creating a digital animation.

Reviewing a digital animation.



Opportunity to Resit R081 examination.

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Computer Science



Creative iMedia






Possible areas of future Studies

Computer Science

  • A Level Computer Science


Creative iMedia

  • Cambridge Technical (IT / Media)
  • GCE (Media Studies / ICT)
  • Apprenticeships 

Possible future careers

Computer Science

  • Computer Programming
  • Software Engineering
  • App Development
  • Cyber Security
  • Network Management


Creative iMedia

  • Website design / Development
  • Film / television
  • Animation