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  • Mr N. Blance (PT)
  • Mr R. Beauvois



We are a small department and offer a range of courses from S1 to Advanced Higher.
We have one main computing classroom fully equipped with computers which can accommodate 19 pupils.
We also have a second computing classroom available for use by the other departments.


Course Choice 2021-22


Computing BGE 2021-22


Senior Phase (S4-6)

Computing N4 N5 2021-22

Computing H 2021-22

Computing AH 2021-22



S1 and S2

In S1 and S2 every pupil studies Computing one period per week. During these two years we develop our digital literacy and computational thinking skills. The topics covered include:

  • File management – Learn how to create, save and organise files, manage passwords, and stay safe online.
  • Graphics and Media – Use multiple software to create images, presentations and more
    Programming – Develop your problem solving skills and learn to create games using Scratch and Microbits
  • Computer components – Discover what is inside a computer and how it works
    Website creation – Create your own website


In S3, pupils are offered the possibility to study computing 2 periods per week. During this year we continue to develop our knowledge of the impact of Information Technology in daily life. We also focus on reinforcing our problem solving and practical skills. The topics covered include:

  • Webdesign
  • Database Design and Development
  • Textual programming using SmallBasic, Microbits and Python
  • Computer systems and Networking

Senior Phase S4-S6 (SQA)

National 4 Computing Science

At National 4 level, pupils study Computing 5 periods per week. In this course we aim to develop and secure the knowledge acquired in S3.

To achieve a pass, pupils will have to pass a practical assessment for 2 course units and one added value unit.

National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Computing Science

From National 5 to Advanced Higher level, pupils study Computing 5 periods per week. These courses are built upon a mix of theoretical concepts and practical skills:

  • Software Design and Development – Pupils will develop their programming and problem solving skills by developing, implementing and testing programs and explaining how these work.
  • Computer Systems – Pupils will develop an understanding of how data and instructions are stored in binary form and of the basic architecture of a computer. Pupils will also study the impact of computer systems on the society, notably from an environmental point of view.
  • Database Design and Development – Pupils will develop knowledge, understanding and problem-solving skills in database design and development, through a range of practical and investigative tasks.
  • Web Design and Development – Pupils will analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate practical solutions to web-based problems using a range of development tools and languages such as HTML, CSS and Javascript.

To achieve a pass, pupils will have to pass the SQA practical coursework and a course exam.



Supported study sessions are offered after school to the senior pupils.

Starting from S3 pupils are encouraged to participate in the Cyber Discovery programme involving coding and cyber security.

In the past pupils have participated in the National Cipher Challenge, a national code breaking competition.



Individual pupils can access their work and resources through Microsoft teams using their Glow account.

In BGE, pupils develop their programming skills using Scratch. An online version of Scratch is available for home use.

In S3 and during their senior year pupils learn how to create websites, a good reference guide can be found here: W3Schools Online Web Tutorials.

Past papers are available on the SQA website (SQA official website) for senior pupils eager to revise.


21 hours ago

Stromness Academy

Our S1-3’s have been competing in PE in an Interhouse Out of House challenge! They have been working really hard at staying active and challenging themselves to either run, walk, swim or cycle to earn KM’s to contribute to their houses distance. The scores are very close… Watch the Presentation below to find out the current leader board and some shout outs to some outstanding pupils! Make sure you press the ‘play Slideshow from beginning’ button to watch your cars race and press play on the videos to hear Miss Hamilton and Mr Flett explain the update.

Who is it going to be? #MAGNUS #THORFINN OR #ROGNVALD? See MoreSee Less

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Lockdown Lowdown – An Online Newspaper by S2

Stromness Academy Online Newspaper

On March the 23 rd Boris Johnson put the whole country in lockdown because of the Covid- 19 outbreak. The lockdown has put nearly everything to a stop but farming, here in Orkney as elsewhere, still continues. For many farmers Spring is the busiest time of the year.


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