A SECONDARY school is embracing the future by becoming an ‘iPad school’ and transforming into an academy– but vowed to stay true to its traditional values too.
The William Lovell school in Stickney reopened this year with Academy status and fresh idea for using the state-of-the-art Apple devices.
Head Andrew Fulbrook said: “The main ambition for us is to absolutely maintain control of our own destiny.
“Anyone who knows about our school knows we have high standards which we aim to keep.
“The other important thing to maintain is that we are a Church of England school - from a traditional point of view we are still a church school.”
In the process of becoming an academy, the school lost its Specialist Music College status, however Mr Fulbrook said the school would continue to utilise resources in that specialism due to the ‘natural relationship’ between church and music.
The school has invested heavily in iPads, so far utilising the technology in maths and science classes to help pupils learn.
Subjects such as art and music are being considered for future iPad sessions.
The pupils use the tablet computers to help them solve problems and to keep track of their learning.
This includes using an application call ‘Comic Life’ to record their work in stages so they can revisit them later in the year.
Work is stored on a newly installed Apple server.
The library is also incorporating electronic books which will be available to read.
Mr Fulbrook said the school was delighed by the opportunity to use the technology.
He was keen to emphasise however, the school was not ‘wiping the slate clean’ of other technologies.
Pupils can also lease-purchase their iPads over time, which Mr Fulbrook said will be useful for homework. They pay £20 a month for two years – 50 have signed up so far.
Pupil Orla Johnson, 11, said she had found the new system easy to learn and use, and that it was of benefit in a number of ways.
She added: “It’s been an experience because normally we would use laptops and computers and this is something new.”