The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that meet criteria for innovation, leadership,educational excellence and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments.
The use of technology is integral to all aspects of the children’s learning. Providing the children with industry standard technology was one way of credibly showing our children they could expect the best.
You can read more about this journey in our two Apple Distinguished School ebooks which can be downloaded from the iBooks store.
Since 2011, 126 of our Year 6 pupils have achieved an IT GCSE equivalent underwritten by The British Computer Society.
IT professionals, school leaders, teaching staff and students from a number of institutions have visited Wombridge as a centre of excellence for IT use and have been trained in a range of different areas and concepts.
Our computing curriculum is designed to support the children in making discerning choices about how and when to use IT to communicate, enhance and present their learning.
We work hard to ensure that the children learn with tools that are industry standard, giving them real experience of life beyond school. They move between using iPads, MacBooks and iPods together with a range of cameras and audio equipment to capture, edit and present their projects. Children learn coding through practical applications using a range of control technologies, robots and programming language.
Keeping Happy & Safe Online
Educating our pupils in the safe and responsible use of mobile technologies and the internet has always been a priority for us. Our staff and children successfully integrate IT into everything they do. The children are taught to pick and choose the best tool for the job and to also recognise when IT is not the solution.
Therefore it is essential that we equip the children with the skills to protect themselves when using technology in their everyday activities. It is important that pupils know the importance of protecting their identity and password when online. It is essential that they understand the importance of using technology respectfully and responsibly. We guide them on procedures to follow to keep safe and where to find help both online and offline.
With this in mind we place great importance on educating the children on taking their own e-safety very seriously. We expect the children to actively learn responsible use of the internet through our ongoing work on being safe and happy and ensure that the children have the opportunity to gain an age appropriate understanding of the potential risks as well as the advantages of using modern technology as they progress through the school.
In order to ensure all the children understood the importance of e-safety we gave the children in key stage 2 a challenge. They were to produce a short video that was current and relevant enough to engage a 14 year old, but accessible enough that our EYFS teachers could use it to support their work with the youngest pupils, on how we stay safe and happy online.
As a result of this, we expect each child to demonstrate safe and responsible use of the internet. You can help support your child at home by being aware of potential risks, and regularly talking to your child about how they use the internet at home. If you require more information you may find these links helpful, or by all means talk to your child’s teacher.
The school works closely with Telford and Wrekin Council to continue to provide safe and secure access to the internet within school. The wireless network is filtered to prevent access to unsuitable websites, whilst enabling the children to benefit from the very best educational resources possible. We pride ourselves on our vigilance in taking every possible and practical step to minimise the risk within school of inappropriate internet use.