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Truro School unveils new Computer Science facility

Computer Science is a compulsary subject for pupils in Years 7 - 9 at Truro School

Posted by Stephanie Broad | October 18, 2016 | Technology

Truro School launches a new Computer Science facility, representing a key milestone in the school’s ongoing strategy. The new facility will enable all students in the school, from Prep Year 3 all the way through to the Upper Sixth Form, to study Computer Science, including programming.

The new workroom includes new Raspberry Pi 3 computers and allows students to explore computer programming in more depth. Introduced earlier this year as a GCSE subject, and more recently at A Level, Computer Science is also a compulsory subject from Years 7 – 9 at Truro School.

Being competent with more demanding digital software are skills which are increasingly in demand from employers across a whole host of industries, from medical to education, entertainment to architecture.

Head of Computer Science, Kirsty Burridge, says: “Studying Computer Science at school gives students a head start for the future, using a computer has become as fundamental as reading and writing, and with technology now being so widespread across many industries, it makes sense to prepare students to recognise its potential.”

With many students now having grown up with technology, it is no surprise that Computer Science has become a popular subject. With a successful sign up of students at GCSE level and regularly filled computer rooms during co-curricular activities, Burridge explains that Truro School is interested in “turning students from just being consumers to intelligent creators of digital content.”

Not only does studying Computer Science enhance greater digital literacy, it also equips pupils with a range of transferable skills, from problem solving to logical thinking, all of which can be called upon in their future academic studies and careers.

Computers are not going anywhere - we ignore it at our peril - Kirsty Burridge, Head of Computer Science

“The department is definitely forward looking, computers are not going anywhere – we ignore it at our peril,” says Burridge.

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