PUPILS at a Ponteland school have received national approval for how they log on to improve learning.
Following an extensive external assessment, Richard Coates Middle School has been awarded the prestigious ICT (information and communications technology) Mark, which is accredited by the Department for Education.
This accolade recognises the school’s success in developing the strategic use of ICT in both administration and across the curriculum.
It also showed evidence that the technology has been used to extend opportunities for learning and improve communications with parents and the wider community.
ICT Subject Leader Katie King said: “We are delighted to be awarded the ICT Mark. It recognises our positive approach to ICT and the benefits it is bringing to our children.
“We believe that ICT can be used in every aspect of learning and that it is essential our children are equipped for the modern world.”
She was praised by Headteacher Paul Rusby for the valuable work she has done in her role, and he also thanked the school governors for making a large investment in ICT over the past four years.
The assessor for the award said: “Richard Coates Middle School has clearly demonstrated how important it is to take a holistic approach to using ICT in schools.
“Its investment in new technology has contributed to substantial improvements in learning.”