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Clitheroe high school stands out for its use of technology

Ribblesdale High School is leading the way in how it uses technology.
Ribblesdale High School is leading the way in how it uses technology.
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A Clitheroe school has come a long way on its technology journey and is now one of only five schools across the country to hold Microsoft Training Academy status.

Ribblesdale High School has been awarded the status after proving it uses technology effectively both in the classroom and beyond.

The new Digital Learning Centre.

The new Digital Learning Centre.

Headteacher Stephen Cox said: “I am a ‘technology pragmatist’, try it, measure the impact, evaluate it, adopt or drop! I still get an enormous buzz from witnessing that ‘lightbulb’ moment with young people in my own classroom or when observing my colleagues teach.”

This pragmatic approach is what enables Ribblesdale to stand out above the rest in its use of technology to support teaching and learning.

Ribblesdale recently hosted Ian Fordham, Director for Education – Microsoft UK, who spent most of the day interacting with pupils exploring how technology is used throughout the school. He was keen to find out their views on how it impacted on their learning and the different ways in which it supported them, across the whole curriculum.

As part of his visit he also opened the new Digital Learning Centre. This is a space which will be used to host events attended by not only Ribblesdale pupils, but also by staff and pupils from other schools. In addition, it can be hired by the local community and businesses for their own events. The area comes complete with a full AV installation and can seat 50 delegates in a variety of room layouts. For further information contact the school direct on 01200 422563.

Ian Fordham, Director for Education  Microsoft UK, opened the new Digital Learning Centre.

Ian Fordham, Director for Education Microsoft UK, opened the new Digital Learning Centre.