School rewarded for its Apple a day

From L-R, Henry Platten from eCadets, Flakefleet's asst headteacher Carl Sumner, former headteacher Mike Barnes, and mayor of West Lancashire Coun Nikki Hennessey

From L-R, Henry Platten from eCadets, Flakefleet's asst headteacher Carl Sumner, former headteacher Mike Barnes, and mayor of West Lancashire Coun Nikki Hennessey

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A Fylde coast primary school’s use of technology in the classroom has landed it a prestigious national award.

Staff at Flakefleet Primary School, in Northfleet Avenue, Fleetwood, are celebrating after picking up the Innovation in Education Award at the Educate Awards 2015.

Assistant headteacher Carl Sumner said the honour was the culmination of five years’ hard work, since the school received government funding to improve its building and facilities.

He said: “We wanted to create a 21st century environment and to think of what the future holds for our children, and to give them the best opportunities possible for them to be able to be their best they can be.

“That’s what the remit was and I personally think the award is in some way recognition of the fact we have achieved that.”

Corridors at Flakefleet feature green screens for youngsters to turn into scenery through their iPads for drama classes, images are projected onto classroom walls, pupils use a range of mobile apps for their homework, and can even scan their own books out of the library.

Mr Sumner said it’s too early to say whether teachers’ innovation has had a direct effect on results, although he said attendance and punctuality has improved.

He added: “But it’s not just the fact we have these lovely computers. It’s everything we put into it.”

Flakefleet was the only school on the Fylde coast to be nominated for the awards, which are now in their fourth year and saw a record number of entries.

Mr Sumner collected the honour alongside former headteacher of nine years Mike Barnes, who retired in the summer,at a ceremony held at Liverpool Cathedral last week.

Mr Sumner said: “It was really fun and it was an excellent evening.

“We knew it was a massive event and just to be nominated was incredible but it was when they were doing the brief synopsis of each nominee I looked at Mike and said, ‘Why not? We have a chance’.”

Educate Awards founder Kim O’Brien said: “This year has been a bumper year not only for the number of entries but the quality too. Each category was packed with inspiring projects and exciting initiatives.”