Students and teachers at a Watford school are celebrating picking up a national computing award. Knutsford Primary School, in Knutsford Avenue, was awarded the ICT Mark by the British Education Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) following an extensive assessment. It's a double success for the school who, in a recent Ofsted report, was also awarded 'outstanding' status. Deputy headteacher Kevin Sullivan said, 'We are delighted. ICT is something we have been working on for a long time. The award is a credit to the teaching that is taking place and the benefits it is bringing to our children.' The award recognises Knutsford's achievement in developing the use of ICT both in the administrative running of the school and across the curriculum.
Students were praised for their capability for using ICT in class and individual work. Year 6 students showed their ability to create their own websites, use podcasts and blogs. Becta's assessor Pat Williams wrote in the report, 'The strategic leadership, management and organisation of ICT at Knutsford School are outstanding. The general feeling from all the groups interviewed was that they are tremendously proud of their school and feel that it's way ahead of other schools in its use of technology for learning and teaching.'