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Townley Grammar School

Townley Road, Bexleyheath, DA6 7AB

is a Lead School in the Network of Excellence

quote Townley Grammar has been at the forefront of the developments in computing, since we achieved our specialism in Maths and Computing in 2009. We took part in the OCR GCSE Computer Science pilot, and have had nearly 50 female students complete the course this year with 85% A*-B grades. Consequently we now have a strong cohort of 20 students for the A-Level Computing course. We have started to develop our Key Stage 3 curriculum to include more computing (we already had visual programming such as Scratch), and have initiated a Learners Leading program where our students from all year groups will be working with undergraduates in Computer Science from UCL and industry partners to further develop and enhance our Key Stage 3 offering. We have managed to convince Senior Management to allow us a discrete lesson of Computing for Year 9, so now our Year 9 students have a lesson of ICT, and an additional lesson for Computing every week, allowing them to make an informed decision when it comes to their options. We do outreach work with local primary schools, where teachers from the department go into classrooms to run programming workshops for a 6 week period (working collaboratively with the primary colleague), we are hoping to develop this further by offering CPD for primary colleagues at Townley. We have provided many enrichment opportunities for our students, including a Maths and Computing Day for Year 7, an Animation Club, Programming workshops in the holidays and have participated in events such as the Oxford Robot Games and Oxford University's event for Women in Computing. We have started the process of becoming the South East London hub for CAS, with an initial meeting arranged for the 20th November 2012, our Curriculum Leader for Computing/ICT will be applying for the Master Teacher position with CAS. Our head teacher is extremely supportive of our application to become a Lead School; it is with his support and encouragement that we have been able to make such significant progress with computing at the school. Mr Deehan (head teacher) has spoken at the Westminster Education Forum with reference to the new National Curriculum for ICT in June this year, and has been invited to two further events to talk about Townley's journey in Computing. We planned and organised an innovative trip to Silicon Valley, San Francisco for our computing students in February 2012, when we took 40 Y11 girls to Google, Microsoft, Intel and Stanford University (amongst other places). The trip has been so successful that it will now be an annual event. Mr Deehan was able to accompany the trip, which has also raised its profile. We have a strong department of 4 teachers, all who are specialists and extremely enthusiastic and passionate about computing. We feel we are very well placed to become a Lead School, given our extensive offering for computing at all Key Stages, our innovation and creativity in raising the profile of the subject in a girls school, and the exceptional support from our head teacher and Senior Leadership Team. Furthermore, we have excellent links with our local schools and the local borough's education department, who would help and support the work we do. We hope we can be considered for this prestigious position as a Lead School, and thus contribute to the enormous success of CAS in promoting Computer Science in the curriculum. quote

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