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A Warm Welcome to Huxlow

Welcome to Huxlow Science College

At Huxlow Science College we believe that school days are precious and form the foundations for our students’ future lives. We have a determination to ensure that our students are given the best possible opportunities to succeed both academically and as young people who are an asset to the communities in which they live. Our community is rightly very proud of our school, our students and their successes. We have a rich history of students of all abilities and backgrounds fulfilling their potential in all areas of their education and they are supported and challenged daily to gain the skills, confidence and qualifications they will need to be successful in an ever-changing world.

We pride ourselves on the levels of support and guidance we offer our students and place students and their needs at the heart of everything we do. We work hard to ensure students are happy, feel safe and are taught well. Developing ‘The Whole Child’ is one of our core responsibilities and our students are challenged to aim for the highest personal and academic standards. We have high expectations of behaviour and respect across our community and forge excellent relationships with both students and parents.

I am hugely proud to be the Headteacher of Huxlow Science College and to lead the school as we build on recent increases in both student numbers and exam results. It is such a privilege to be entrusted with the lives of the young people in our community, to shape their characters and enable their success.

We look forward to welcoming all prospective students, parents and carers to experience all that is Huxlow in the very near future.

Paul Letch - Headteacher

Headteacher

Computing

Our Goal: “At Huxlow every individual is empowered to fulfill their potential.”

The Computing curriculum at Huxlow contributes to this goal by equipping learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding to use IT effectively, to be a model digital citizen and to apply computational thinking in real-world situations.

Key Stage 3


Key Stage Three ​students receive 2 1-hour computing lessons every fortnight. The curriculum has three strands; Digital Literacy, Information Technology and Computer Science and is delivered through a series of 6-lesson projects with a focus on practical skills supporting the underlying theory.

To fulfill your potential at Key Stage Three you should:

  •  Engage fully with the work set in the lessons.
  •  Complete the supporting homework tasks (set every other lesson) carefully

 KS3

Key Stage 4

Key Stage Four students study for the OCR GCSE Computer Science or the Creative iMedia qualifications. The curriculum content is delivered in both practical and theory-based styles making it accessible to a wide range of students.

Our values: “Everyone is ambitious and welcomes the challenge of being the best they can.”

To fulfill your potential at Key Stage Four you should:

  • Engage fully with the work set in the lessons.
  • Read around your subject. For example, noting the news stories that relate to Computing and Information Technology.
  • Complete the supporting homework tasks (set weekly) carefully.


Assessment​ of the GCSE is through two final written exams completed in the summer of Year 11. Regular assessment during the course is therefore based on exam-style questions focused on the topic being studied at the time.

KS4

KS4 Creative iMedia

Key Stage 5

Key Stage Five​ students study for the OCR A Level Computer Science qualification. This course has a practical element as well as theory-based components and offers excellent progression from the topics studied in GCSE Computer Science.

To fulfill your potential at Key Stage Five you should:

  • Engage fully with the work set in the lessons.
  • Read around your subject and be curious about expanding your knowledge beyond the curriculum content.
  • Ensure your lesson notes are reviewed regularly and complete the supporting homework tasks (set as needed) carefully.

KS5

Computing at Huxlow

What can I do with a Computing Qualification?

There are many opportunities for employment and further/higher study with a computing qualification. Career opportunities include: IT support, web development, application/game development, cyber-security and telecommunications.
Enrichment opportunities​ are provided through the Digital Leaders programme where students can experiment with devices such as Raspberry Pis, Microbits and robotics. There are also opportunities to participate in national competitions and educational visits.

Department staff​ include; Mr P Morgan (Head of Computing), Mr A Turner, Mr A Meadowsmith, Miss A Whitworth and Ms L Pollock.

Further information​ can be obtained by emailing p.morgan@huxlow.northants.sch.uk.