School at forefront of modern education

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For some grappling with computers and technology can be a frustrating business, but for pupils at Polegate School it is as easy as one,two, three.

The school has been awarded an accolade proving that it is at the forefront of using information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance pupils’ work.

The award recognises the school’s success in developing the strategic use of ICT in both administration and across the curriculum.

The announcement followed an extensive external assessment Polegate School has been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark.

Parents now have proof their children are attending a school at the forefront of modern technology, said its headteacher Mrs Claire Martin-O’Donoghue.

She said: “All the children and staff deserve credit for this achievement. It recognises our positive approach to ICT and the benefits it is bringing to our children.

“We believe that ICT can be used in every aspect of learning and that it is essential our children are equipped for the modern world.

“We are very proud to include the mark on our website and our mailings and this has been noted on a number of occasions, which has further raised the profile of ICT at Polegate School.

“Our OFSTED report positively acknowledged that we had received the ICT Mark in the description of the school

“I am really pleased that the presentation of this award shows recognition of the excellent ICT work that is taking place at Polegate School.

“Applying for the award really brought into focus the ICT work that we are doing each and every day.”

Mark Chambers, Naace CEO, which hands out the awards said Polegate deserved the ICT Mark accreditation.

He said: “They clearly demonstrate how important it is to take a whole school approach to using ICT in schools.

“We look forward to working with Polegate to demonstrate how ICT can have a substantial impact on learner outcomes in the future.”

East Sussex County Council spokesman said it was determined that all local children will have the best opportunity to excel in the jobs market of the future.

He said: “Polegate School should be congratulated on this wonderful achievement. This demonstrates the excellent ICT management and teaching that is taking place in local schools.”

The announcement comes in the week Hailsham-based charity Computers for Charities unveiled scheme to enable recipients of state benefits the chance to buy a computer for £50.

The closure of libraries and the increasing reliance on computers by schools has led to the scheme, said the charity’s spokesman.