High school enters new technology age

Staff and 6th formers at Morecambe Community High School with their new iPads.
Staff and 6th formers at Morecambe Community High School with their new iPads.

The days of homework books and blackboards are slowly becoming a thing of the past.

Now Morecambe school pupils and teachers are about to take another step into the 21st century.

All sixth formers and staff at Morecambe Community High School will be given their own iPads at the start of the September term.

They will use them in lessons, to study for exams at home and even for personal use.

“This is a three-year project and it will only be successful if it transforms teaching and learning,” said headteacher John McNaughton.

“Instead of asking students to go to the library to find something, it will be on the iPad.

“Education can be quite conservative but I think it needs to embrace change like this.”

The school will receive 420 iPads at a cost of £90,000 for the first year.

Students will be asked to pay £85 towards the price of the iPad (including insurance).

They can pay monthly and will have the option to buy their iPad at the end of the three years.

Pupils will be subject to the school’s strict IT policy to ensure no mis-use of the 
technology.

A trial has begun and every member of staff, Year 12 and 13 pupils will have an iPad by the second week in September.