Primary school in Northampton leads the way in UK for creativity

Simon de Senlis Primary School NNL-150115-165054001
Simon de Senlis Primary School NNL-150115-165054001

A Northampton primary school has been selected by Microsoft as a ‘Global Showcase School’ for its use of mobile technology to better prepare students for success in the workplace.

Simon de Senlis Primary School, in East Hunsbury, is one of only six in the UK to have been recognised for their pioneering efforts and innovation in rethinking teaching, learning and assessment.

Examples of the school’s work include innovative use of tablets to capture learning from trips, activities and the use of Cloud computing to allow children to give and receive feedback to each other on their learning.

The work at the school is driven by headteacher, Tom Rees, and teachers, Charlotte Coade and Tom Prosser, both who were given Innovative Expert Educator status.

The team from Simon de Senlis received their plaque as a Global Showcase School at Microsoft’s ‘Classroom of the Future’ in London.

Mr Rees said: “Being selected as a Microsoft Showcase School is a great thing for Simon de Senlis and I am delighted that the passion our teachers and staff have for creating the best learning environments possible has been recognised in this way.

“We look forward to sharing our experiences with other schools in our community and the world, to continue finding innovative ways to equip our students with the proper tools needed for success inside and outside of the classroom.”

As a showcase school, Simon de Senlis Primary will now work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education and communicate a vision for education enabled by technology through the hosting and mentoring of other schools in the community.

Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education, at Microsoft Corp, said: “With an innovative use of technology, these schools are transforming learning environments and delivering more personalised education to students, allowing them to do more and achieve more.”

Simon de Senlis Primary School was rated “good” by Ofsted in July 2014.