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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.


1 week ago

Stromness Academy

***COVID-19 guidance reminder for staff and pupils returning to the classroom***(Lorraine) The Council is reminding school staff and pupils of COVID-19 measures still in place to try and keep everyone safe as they return to the classroom after the October break.The Scottish Government have been asking for some time now that people undertake twice-weekly lateral flow device tests and this has also been the case for staff and secondary pupils in schools. With all schools across the county due back on Monday, 25 October, we would appeal to all our school staff and secondary pupils to schedule one of their regular LFD tests shortly before they return – as was the advice following the summer break.Orkney Islands Council Executive Director of Education, Leisure and Housing, James Wylie, said: “Following the recent outbreak and in the build up to the October holidays we saw significant engagement in the LFD process. It is imperative that we pick up where we left off. All school staff and secondary pupils are strongly encouraged to restart twice-weekly at-home LFD testing in the week prior to return. The advice states that ideally, staff and secondary pupils should take the second weekly test either in the morning before leaving for the first day of school or the evening before.“It is really important that you record your results online, whether positive, negative or void. This helps public health experts understand what levels of COVID-19 are and can inform policy on things like future mitigations in schools.“Testing can help reduce the risks of COVID-19 outbreaks in schools. This, in turn, can help reduce the numbers of staff or children and young people that will have to self-isolate due to outbreaks.”All schools offered test kits to staff and pupils prior to the October break, which can be used for these purposes. If any staff or pupils have not received test kits, they can access them in a range of different ways, including ordering online for home delivery, or collecting kits from your nearest test site or pharmacy, such as Sutherlands in Kirkwall and Stromness, and Boots.

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