“We are delighted to be awarded Silver recognition with the CyberFirst programme, and we aim to further enhance our provision and engagement with industry, so that we become a Gold standard school.

“This programme has helped us raise awareness of how important the Cyber/Computing sector has now become in our local area, and allowed us to make our young people aware of the full range of opportunities that are available within this sector in Gloucestershire.”

Richard Brand, Headteacher

“Being a part of the Cyber School initiative and now the Cyber First Initiative and being recognised as a Silver Cyber First school is a great opportunity for our school. It has raised aspirations with the school with regards to the subject of Computing, which intern has led to an increase in participation not only with the Clubs that are run. But also with regards to the popularity of the courses offered in the computing department at key stage 4. The whole programme has allowed us as a school to not only engage with local industry within the Cyber security sector via virtual events, trips and after school events, but it has also allowed us to have some bespoke equipment in school to improve the delivery in class and during clubs of specific computing and cyber skills. Our students over the past few years have fully engaged with all of this and this summer a year 11 student was taken on a summer internship by a Cyber based company in London. All of this has been assisted by being a part of the initiative and as a department we will continue to do so and aim to become a Gold standard school, and continue to show what the sector has to offer our young people, with increased outcomes at GCSE.”

Martin Warren, Computing Teacher

“I am very proud that The Dean Academy has been awarded the Silver CyberFirst School award, the first such award in The Athelstan Trust for Computing. This is in recognition of the excellent work Martin Warren and the team have put in over the last two years growing a small subject into one of the popular options subjects in the school. They have managed to produce a rich curriculum with a range of industry led opportunities in the Cyber arena and are preparing pupils for careers in an ever growing area. Richard Wells, Trust Lead for Computing”

Richard Wells, Trust Computing Lead


Computing is made up of three distinct strands. Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. Computer Science is a rigorous academic discipline, encompassing programming languages, data structures, algorithms, binary and how a Computer works. Digital Literacy is the general ability to use computers. A set of skills such as Web Design, MS Office Skills, Digital Graphics or Animation. It includes knowledge of the Internet including E-Safety. Information Technology is the use of computers, in industry, commerce, the arts and elsewhere, including aspects of IT systems architecture, human factors, and project management.

At Key Stage 3 we will endeavour to provide a foundation in all three areas of the subject to prepare pupils for the ever changing Digital World.

Cambridge National in Creative iMedia Level 1/2

The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will equip learners with a range of creative media skills using Computers, Industry Standard Software and provide opportunities to develop a range of desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Through the use of these skills, learners will ultimately be able to work in the Creative Industries and help produce the Web Sites and Computer Games of the Future.

Content overview
R081: Pre-production skills
Students are introduced to a range of essential pre-production techniques used in the creative and digital media, including client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques
R082: Creating digital graphics
Building on the skills and understanding that they have developed in the previous unit, students explore where and why digital graphics are used and the techniques that are involved in their creation. They apply their skills and knowledge in creating digital graphics against a specific brief.
R085: Creating a multipage website
Students explore the different properties, purposes and features of multipage websites. They demonstrate their creativity by combining components to create a functional, intuitive and visually pleasing website.
R091: Designing a game concept
Students learn the basics of planning and designing digital games for the creative digital media sector. They investigate the capabilities and limitations of different platforms, and identify core features of digital games as they create a games design concept proposal for presentation to a client for critical review.