“ICT expands horizons by shrinking worlds”
David Brown, Chairman, Motorola Ltd
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) prepares students to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are transformed by technology.
Students use ICT tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination. Students learn how to employ ICT to enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures. The Academy has industry standard ICT facilities in all areas.
As a CISCO and Apple Academy, students have the opportunity to gain qualifications in network engineering. This gives students a significant advantage in the job market as well as when they apply to further / higher education.
The ICT Mark is a national accreditation scheme, which recognizes schools for their achievements in reaching a standard of excellence in their use of technology. The mark is a celebration of success recognizing whole school improvement of ICT and enabling learners to celebrate their use of ICT proficiently. In achieving the ICT mark the Academy has raised the awareness within the community of good practice which gives parents confidence that technology is being used effectively. Ultimately the recognition the mark provides for commitment to hard work and continued improvement provides the opportunity to be seen as a centre of excellence.
ICT is clearly embedded in the school vision and the school’s plans. The Leigh Technology Academy has developed clear policies to embed ICT across the school as a means of improving teaching and learning and raising student outcomes. There have been significant improvements in recent years, which are supported by the whole school community and are providing strong foundations for further development and improvement.
The Leigh Technology Academy has helped develop teaching and learning in the classroom by:
The Principals, other senior leaders and governors, provide outstanding leadership.Ofsted
Relationships are enhanced by the college structure. Students say, and inspectors agree, that there is a close family feel to being in a smaller college unit, and that students enjoy school more because of this.Ofsted
Students participate readily in the wide range of sports, social, art, music and drama activities that the school provides. Many students attend the after school and weekend revision clubs that staff provide.Ofsted
The school organises the wide range of subjects it teaches extremely well, and reviews them regularly, adjusting its provision to meet the changing needs of students.Ofsted
Teaching is challenging. It is based on accurate assessment of how well students make progress, what their individual learning needs are, and what kinds of activities will best make sure that they learn well.Ofsted
Students make outstanding progress in English and mathematics. Students’ progress in business, design and technology, ICT and physical education is also outstanding. Students make good progress overall.Ofsted