School achieves IT and maths status

PUBLISHED: 11:44 10 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:47 31 May 2010

Mountfitchet High School - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Mountfitchet High School - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

STAFF and pupils at Stansted Mountfitchet High School are celebrating after their bid to become a specialist Maths and Computing College was given the go ahead. The new status will take effect from the autumn term next month and headteacher Jo Mullis is d

STAFF and pupils at Stansted Mountfitchet High School are celebrating after their bid to become a specialist Maths and Computing College was given the go ahead.

The new status will take effect from the autumn term next month and headteacher Jo Mullis is delighted the Department for Education and Skills has approved their application.

She said: "The school is moving into a new era and receiving increasing recognition. As a Mathematics and Computing College, we will play a key role in the community, be a hub for state of the art technology and demonstrate increasingly high standards of achievement.

"We chose to bid for this specialism because both subjects are strengths of the school, and also because of their fundamental importance and the capacity of information and communication technology to affect standards right across the school.

"We are looking to extend the library to become a multi-media learning resource centre, both for the benefit of students and the community. It is envisaged that the centre will remain open in the evenings and at weekends for people to develop their numeracy and ICT qualifications."

As part of their bid, the school had to raise £50,000 in donations from the private sector.

Businesses have contributed £36,500, the Mountfitchet High School Trust donated £10,000 and the remaining £3,500 was raised by the PTA through fun days.

Deputy headteacher Paul Presland, who played a major role in preparing the bid, said the specialist status would allow the school to provide a modern curriculum that pupils would benefit from.

"The specialist status will provide our students with a curriculum that is fit for the 21st century," he said.

"They will have access to anytime, anywhere learning and we are very excited about the ability to set and mark students' work online."

The school already organises ICT activities for its Stansted feeder schools, including St Mary's and Bentfield Primary and it recently hosted an event for 35 teachers from across Essex to showcase their video conferencing facilities.

And Year 10 students have been invited by University College London to use their video conferencing technology to view planetary images.

A DfES spokesman said: "Mathematics and ICT will improve the quality of teaching and learning in the specialist subjects and also help to develop innovative approaches to the teaching and learning.

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