­Many schools find that they are are struggling to offer Computing as part of an already packed curriculum, where ‘core’ subjects occupy the majority of space, marginalising the opportunity of a comprehensive digital education.

In an increasingly computerised world, understanding how technology works is essential; not only to everyday life now, but also for its potential applications in years to come. Indeed, a report published by Dell Technologies in 2018 estimated that 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet.

Computing is uniquely placed to teach young people key 21st-century skills that will be essential for their digital futures: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration and Communication. Computing also involves a host of other disciplines including economics, linguistics, psychology and maths.

Here at Downside Boarding School in Somerset, we realise the importance of computational thinking, especially in such a competitive global job market. Moreover, we also understands that pupils who can think computationally are better prepared to conceptualise and understand computer-based technology. To that end, we offer Computing from the First Form (Year 7) through to GCSE and, from September 2019, to A level.

Our Computing offering also benefits from an on-site partnership we have with education technology company ScienceScope. The partnership is developing the use of micro:bits as part of the curriculum across a number of subjects, such as vocabulary list programming in French lessons. The micro:bit (mini computers with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology) was developed by the BBC with companies including ScienceScope. Initially planned as a coding device, the range of possible applications of the micro:bit are now endless, and its capabilities for enhancing teaching across the curriculum are particularly exciting.

To find out more about Computing at Downside, as well as the wide variety of curriculum and wider-curriculum opportunities on offer here, please contact the Admissions Office: 235103

Downside School Sixth Form Subject Fair: Saturday 5th October
Downside School Open Morning: Saturday 12th October
You are also very welcome to make a private visit to Downside School on a day to suit you