Business and Computing

70% of students achieved Grade 4 or above in Computing in 2018 - above the national average.


ICT & Computing

Computers are changing our world and our workforces. With technology now lying at the heart of our economy, our daily lives and scientific enterprises, the importance of preparing for our rapidly changing, technological world has never been greater. ICT & Computer Science are stimulating and rewarding subjects, which opens student’s eyes to the technologically advanced world around them, whilst empowering them with the ability to develop their computational thinking skills and problem solving capabilities.

ICT is a core subject at Penair and we believe your child deserves a progressive, relevant curriculum with an emphasis on ‘doing’ rather than ‘writing’ about ICT.

They will have access to state of the art facilities in a purpose built Business and Enterprise Centre, industry standard software and the opportunity to use a wide range of digital devices from as GPS systems to Raspberry Pis. We work collaboratively with other departments promoting a culture that encourages students to use transferable skills in their learning, in any context.

Recognising the growing importance of fostering creators, and not consumers of technology, we ensure your child is given opportunities to understand the fundamentals of computer programming and it is from this firm foundation that their interest and capability is developed through both key stages. In addition to ICT we are currently running an extremely popular and successful GCSE in Computer Science in addition to core GCSE ICT.

Virtual Learning Environments provide learners of all ages with 24/7 access to media rich, engaging materials. We are a Flagship department in the pioneering use of these new technologies.

We have embedded the use Moodle (our VLE) in our own teaching practice and actively promote its use as a teaching and learning tool across the school and support VLE development County wide.  Additionally, we are an early adopter of Google Classroom within Penair, and utilise this in a complementary manner to Moodle.

All students at Penair from years 7 to 11 follow a full programme of Core ICT in order to prepare for their future roles in society. We hold both the Investors in Careers and Investors in Work Related and Enterprise Learning awards which ensure quality of delivery to all our students.

Work Related Learning at Key Stage 3

In KS3 we aim to ensure that our students;

  • Undertake a realistic and regular self assessment of their achievements, qualities and skills.
  • Understand the nature of work in its broadest context and how the world of work is changing.
  • Are able to make decisions relating to future choices.
  • Are able to adapt to change and set realistic goals for the future.

Delivery of Work Related Learning at KS3 is through a full programme of lessons in PSHE and via enterprise days and business challenges.

Work Related Learning at Key Stage 4

Work Related Learning is a statutory part of the KS4 curriculum for all students in years 10 and 11 and should provide opportunity to:

  • Learn through work
  • Learn about work
  • Learn for work

In Year 10 the main focus for students is work experience which takes over a two week period in the summer term. During the course of the year, as part of the preparation process, students undertake three planned programmes of study in PSHE which cover the following areas: applications for employment, developing enterprise skills and health and safety awareness.

During the course of the year students also participate in enterprise days, workplace visits and are offered careers consultations with a Connexions Personal Adviser.

In Year 11 students follow a comprehensive programme to prepare them for post 16 education, training or work. They are provided with access to a range of post 16 providers via PSHE sessions, open evenings and relevant publications.

All students have access to our centrally located Student Advice Centre which is fully resourced with a range of information related to education, training and personal guidance. In addition students aged 13 upwards can seek help from our Connexions Personal Adviser over a range of guidance issues.

For more information on Key Stage 3 Work Related Learning, Key Stage 4 Work Related Learning and GCSE Business Studies, as well as the Work Related Learning extra curricular activities that pupils can take part in please view the PDF documents below.

Head of Faculty

Mrs E Trevennen –
Mr A Lawrence - Deputy HoF

Mr J Greenwood - Teacher

Mr R Sharpe- Teacher


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