Project summary

Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

Project summary

School

Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

Location

Gloucestershire, UK

Year group

Mixed 11-18 year olds

Number of students

1250

School background.

Wyedean School is a mixed comprehensive school located in Gloucestershire, England.

In 2018, Wyedean School became a spoke school within the NCSC Cyber Schools Hub project. The Cyber Schools Hub (CSH) is a project that fosters collaboration between local schools, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), companies and organisations who share the aim of encouraging young people to engage with computer science and cyber security principles.

Solution.

Wyedean has 40 students who regularly attend Cyber club for two hours each week. They ran three weeks’ worth of club after school, and students also accessed the club during their lunch times using the pi-top [4].

Emma Williams, Assistant Principal Academic, said: “The key challenge for me was bringing learning to life with creativity. The pi-top [4] really does show the diversity of Computer Science and connects learning to the bigger picture and across many different subject strands across the curriculum.”

Emma Williams and her students developing a pi-top [4] project

Class activity.

The challenge set for students was to develop their own projects and they built nearly all of the 16 projects on pi-top Further. Emma continued: “What was brilliant about the pi-top [4] was that they all went their own way following their passions. Some groups created games, some coded the sensors, some created investigative experiments.” The students developed their projects and then in the second half of the club they were keen to look at each other’s creations and learn from each other.

Results.

The aim was for the students to have fun, be creative and learn about Computer Science, programming and cyber security. These objectives were achieved.

“I like how compelling the product was, I just wanted to learn and be creative with the pi-top [4]” Madeline Age 13.

I like the pi-top[ 4] as it was simple to use and produces results. I liked that I was able to see my achievements straight away and learn and develop. It caters for so many age groups and allows everyone to learn.

Noah M, Student, Age 13

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