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Vocational, Information and Business Education
The Head of Vocational, Information and Business Education is Mr M Powell.
The VIBE Department consists of five IT and Computing specialist teachers and four Business and Economics teachers. All are fully dedicated to raising standards in their specific subject areas and have contributed to the department’s excellent reputation for achieving outstanding examination results at all levels.
A wide range of IT examination courses are run including GCSE and A Level Computer Science, Cambridge Nationals, the European Computer Driving Licence, Creative iMedia, and BTEC Levels 2 and 3 ICT. There is a strong emphasis on programming in all years and some students are now writing their own applications.
The department runs an animation club which has proved to be very popular with all year groups. In the past two years the quality of the animations has been exceptional and have been one of the winners in the Animation UK schools computer animation competition.
Within Business Education we offer both GCSE and A Level Business Studies and also A Level Economics. Students studying Business Studies and Economics will have the chance to take part in a number of visits to organisations to enrich their experiences of the subject. There is also the chance to become involved in national competitions such as The Bank of England ‘Target 2.0’ competition and IFS Student Investor.
The department is well resourced with three thirty-station ICT suites and five twenty-station suites, all of which are predominantly used by the VIBE Department.
The department’s ethos is to provide students with the opportunity to experience a range of hardware devices and software packages. Consequently, learning is supported by both PCs and Apple Mac computers running industry-standard and open source software.