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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Fantastic day!

World Leading Academy Hosts International Guests

On Monday 21st October, the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy welcomed international guests to explore their new innovative and technology-rich environments for learning. The day was attended by executives from Google, Samsung, BT and European Electronique. Patron of the Academy, Professor Stephen Heppell described the day as ‘a great success that show just how far the Portland Academy has come in a very short space of time’. 

The global guests started their visit at Osprey Quay Campus where they had a presentation from four very inspiring Digital Leaders. Amelie Hiscocks (Y2), Finlay Short (Y3), Kyle Creasy (Y9) and Kyanna Richardson (Y9) all spoke with great passion about the difference technology is playing in inspiring their learning. Kyle shared how, ‘exciting it is to have such important people come and see what we are doing here on Portland’. Kyanna added, ‘we really enjoyed sharing with them what makes our school so special’.

As well as visiting Osprey Quay Campus where the guests toured the new 21st Century learning spaces and sat in on a Technology Engineering and Design Workshop, they also visited Royal Manor Campus. Director of Digital Learning and Innovation at the Academy, Gary Spracklen, explains how, ‘being the first school in the UK to offer 1:1 Chromebooks is big news in the technology sector. Today’s visitors were just one group of many that have come to the Academy recently to see the new, fresh and inspiring approach to teaching and learning. It was great to visit lessons and see the Chromebooks in action and also share how as an Academy we are the most improved local school with Portland’s best ever GCSE results’.