Harry Watts Academy Celebrates Receiving Computing Quality Mark

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9th Jan 2024

Harry Watts Academy has been recognised for delivering high-quality computing education to young people, developing their digital skills and preparing them for the future.

Harry Watts Academy has achieved the national Computing Quality Mark after evaluating its computing education and demonstrating high-quality provision. The Computing Quality Mark is awarded by the National Centre for Computing Education and recognises excellence of computing education offered by a school as part of their curriculum development through the Computing Quality Framework (CQF).

The school completed all seven aspects of the CQF in order to receive the Computing Quality Mark, which recognises achievement in leadership and vision; curriculum and qualifications; teaching, learning and assessment; staff development; equity, diversity, inclusion and SEND; careers education; and impact on outcomes. 

Louise Hindmarch, Headteacher at Harry Watts Academy, said: “We are very proud to receive the Computing Quality Mark. Since opening the school, we have worked tremendously hard on developing all areas of the curriculum and ensuring computing is accessible for all of our learners.”

Navpreet Kang, Computing Lead at Harry Watts Academy, said: “We have worked hard on embedding a computing curriculum across the pathways in our school, to tailor activities specific to our learners' needs so they can learn key skills and confidence within computing. Our Teachers have worked hard to help make computing fun and accessible to all of our pupils”.

Claire Garside, senior lead facilitator at the NCCE, said: “Congratulations to Harry Watts Academy on becoming an NCCE ‘Computing Quality Mark’ school! They’re amongst the schools leading the way to deliver high standards in computing education. The Computing Quality Mark recognises the quality of their provision to ensure all students receive the computing skills and knowledge so valuable for today and in their future careers.”

The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) is funded by the Department for Education and supporting partners, to improve the provision of computing education in England. The Computing Quality Framework (CQF) is part of the National Centre for Computing Education’s (NCCE) support to schools. It is free to use and designed to help schools review and plan how they teach the computing curriculum.

Visit the Computing Quality Framework website here