Heronsgate Primary School is pleased to announce that it has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019–2022 for its innovative use of technology as a tool for learning across the curriculum made possible through its one-to-one iPad programme across Key Stage One and Two.
Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of innovation, leadership and educational excellence that use Apple technology to inspire creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching and the school environment, and have documented results of academic accomplishment.
“Our school iPad programme has allowed our children to explore their ideas and collaborate with others in their class and beyond. This has had a powerful impact on their learning and has helped them realise their inner genius”. (Stephen Harris, Executive Headteacher).
The selection of Heronsgate Primary School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights its success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages pupils as well as the wider school community and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment.
Since 2010, the school has increasingly made use of Apple technology as a tool for learning across the curriculum, with all children in KS1 and KS2 assigned an iPad each and class sets shared in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The iPad as a tool for learning has enabled children at Heronsgate to work together, communicate and create, using a range of apps and services such as Showbie, Book Creator, iMovie and Pages across the curriculum. The school also recruits ‘digital leaders’ who support their peers and contribute to the school’s digital vision. Parents engage with the technology, viewing children’s work digitally as well as attending workshops on online safety. Teachers embed the use of Apple technology day-to-day, receiving regular training and coaching, with 75% earning their Apple Teacher status in the last year.
You can read more about our story by visiting https://books.apple.com/gb/book/tool-for-learning/id1487181133.
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Artsmark Gold award for our ‘continued commitment to provide high quality arts and cultural experiences for pupils.’
The Artsmark council noted that at Heronsgate ‘You have continued to build on your already strong partnerships, including with Snap Theatre and developed new ones with the Tate gallery. Heronsgate Radio is an example of an innovative project which has engaged pupils and you have continued with a wide range of afterschool clubs. Pupils have also had the opportunity to perform in a range of settings including a large-scale performance with Young Voices at the O2, and end of year arts showcase at a local venue. During the recent inspection, Ofsted has commented positively on your curriculum and provision for pupils, you have also provided ongoing CPD for teachers which has raised the ambitions for pupils and teachers.’
Well done to our brilliant Arts team for their dedication and hard work.
At Heronsgate, we regularly update our corridor displays to reflect the breadth and depth of learning that happens in school. Please browse through the photos in the gallery below to get a taste of all that’s been going on this Summer term!
Tuesday 5th March 2019
Please find attached the report following our recent Ofsted inspection.We are sure you will be absolutely delighted to read what the Ofsted team said about Heronsgate. To be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas is a wonderful achievement. We gather, in the last school year, only 2% of primary schools have been graded as ‘Outstanding’.
During the inspection the Lead Inspector, who is one of her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools (HMI), told the Leadership Team that this was a very special school and they did not often see such an amazing curriculum which sets children up for the rest of their lives.
They were hugely impressed with our work in Information Technology (IT). This was something they had never seen used so effectively in other schools (primary or secondary) and was one of our great strengths.
The children were wonderful! ‘Pupils are respectful, interesting, lively, engaged and happy. They are proud of their achievements’. What more can we say other than share the immense pride we felt when all inspectors told us what a delight our children were. ‘Pupils understood how unique and special and how amazing their school is’.
We work with the most wonderful team of adults who strive to ensure that the children get the very best possible education. We are thrilled that this hard work and dedication has been acknowledged as they recognised the ‘staff’s commitment to go above and beyond for the pupils of Heronsgate school’.
The school has a ‘highly effective, confident, resilient, reflective leadership team’. Mr Connors says ‘My leadership colleagues are by far the best team I have worked with in my 31 years as a Head Teacher’.
Thank you so much to our families. Parents and carers give strong support to the school and for that we are very grateful.
We truly ‘discover and realise the genius in everyone.’ With our very best wishes to you all.
Steven Connors (Executive Headteacher)
Michelle Beyram (Chair of Governors)
Children in Year 5 and 6, assisted by the former radio producer Miss Robertson, have launched a new radio station for the school: Heronsgate Extra! Every fortnight, they record stories from around the school and then release the show in time for Friday afternoon ‘Golden Time’ for students to listen to.
Please do check out the episodes by visiting our Heronsgate Extra page!
At Heronsgate, we regularly update our corridor displays to reflect the breadth and depth of learning that happens in school. Please browse through the photos in the gallery below to get a taste of all that’s been going on this Autumn term!