Success for Heathfield Community College, as named – Apple Distinguished School

12th October

Heathfield Community College students at work with their iPads

Heathfield Community College has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2021–2024 for its continued approach to evidence informed use of technology within learning that supports students and teachers to develop innovative, creative and personalised learning experiences.

Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. They use Apple technology to connect students to the world, fuel creativity, deepen collaboration, and make learning personal.

Headteacher Caroline Barlow commented: “Over the last 18 months we have all seen how important it is for young people to be able to access and use Technology. However, our experience over time and our expertise goes far beyond what is necessary; we have established a deep understanding of how technology can enhance and transform understanding and learning to give our students and staff a unique advantage both in and beyond College.”

Digital Lead Jonathon Marrows went further:  “Technology, and the iPad, is an  integral part of the pedagogical toolbox at Heathfield Community College. By using research and evidence informed practice teachers know that they can exploit the technology to its full potential and ensure that the learning experience of their students is enhanced. The iPad facilitates student creativity whilst allowing for collaboration and personalised learning. It allows for equitable access to the curriculum and supports all learners in reaching their full potential.”

The success for Heathfield Community College as an Apple Distinguished School highlights their ability to create an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic achievement in a variety of ways:. 

  • Through the 1:1 iPad programme students are able to develop a wide range of skills, including independence, that will equip them for life beyond the College. 
  • They can access knowledge and understanding through experiences and engagement that would not otherwise be possible, as well as developing new ways to solve problems. This could be through the use of augmented reality in Science, remixing and composing songs in Music, developing animation, video and podcasting skills in Art and Media or receiving instant feedback from assessments. 
  • They demonstrate creativity and are able to collaborate easily with their peers and teachers. 

Students are engaged and proactive with their learning, with the technology supporting them to do this. The school is committed to technology as a tool to create new opportunities and redefine the learning experience and that it plays a key part in ensuring all students are given the opportunity to become the very best versions of themselves.