13 February 2023
If you are looking for a school that will ensure your daughter is digitally ready for the future then St George’s School in Ascot is one to watch. Having recently been awarded the prestigious Google for Education Reference School Status, and starring as a finalist in the Best Use of Technology category of the 2022 Tes awards, this thriving independent boarding and day school for girls age 11-18 is making its mark at the forefront of digital innovation in education.
With its foot firmly on the pedal, St George’s was delighted to host ten preparatory and primary schools to its first Google Learning Festival prior to February half term. Working in collaboration with Google specialists – Tablet Academy and EdPuzzle – the school hosted teachers and small groups of technology-championing pupils from Years 5, 6 and 7 for a morning and an afternoon session in which both children and adults experienced technology sessions designed to engage students in the learning process.
All of those in attendance (both adults and children) were thrilled to programme robots and experience the eye-popping visual impact of virtual reality headsets used to view modern workspaces designed by the children using CoSpaces. They also challenged their lateral thinking in an attempt to break free from an Escape Room using Google Forms, embraced their creativity to design a History presentation using Adobe Express design software and put real-world experience to work to build a web design using Google Sites.
Miss Nicholas, Computing Lead at partner school Connaught Junior School said –
“The event was brilliant: adults discovered a variety of interesting software and technology to incorporate into our curriculum; the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience too and I’ve had lovely reports from parents stating that their child went home beaming, telling them all about their day. The event has inspired us to think about our curriculum offering and cross curricular opportunities across KS2.”
Mr Adams, Assistant Deputy Head (Academic) from Godstowe School added –
“May we say a very big thank you for hosting us this afternoon. It was very interesting, inspiring and made us think about many things we can do here at Godstowe. Seeing the children engage in the activities was useful, but also getting the chance to talk to the adults was valuable, and hopefully the start of an opportunity to collaborate further in the future.”
Places on this exciting day of digital discovery were snapped up quickly and there is already a waiting list for the next event which is planned for the autumn term 2023. The success of this, their inaugural Google Learning Festival, establishes St George’s as an invaluable resource and a pioneering example for local schools looking to expand their digital provision.
Contact [email protected] to register your school’s interest in attending a future Google Learning Festival at St George’s, Ascot.