Specialist Education

Most students from our school are 'digital natives' as they have constant access to technology in their everyday lives.  However, at the forefront students need to be aware of how to use technology appropriately and safely.  Additionally, students in today's society need to be 'tech literate' and familiar with computer programming and creative digital media skills as the jobs they will be working towards in the future will be more heavily reliant on these fields. Young people sometimes lack resilience when confronted with problems or challenges. By studying computational thinking, pupils learn how to recognise problems and approach them in a controlled and systematic way.


  • Develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology
  • Develop and apply their analytic, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills
  • Understand how changes in technology affect safety, including new ways to protect their online privacy and identity, and how to report a range of concerns


Learning computing at Grateley House School equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that students become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.


Students at Grateley House School have the opportunity to gain qualifications in Computer Science GCSE and/or Creative iMedia.  The Computer Science GCSE involves learning computer architecture, algorithms and programming.  Whilst the Creative IMedia is our ICT course which includes learning development of digital graphics, 3D design and game design.