Hemel Hempstead’s Longdean School has been awarded a £50k grant from the prestigious Wolfson Foundation charity to invest in industry-standard technology to use in the classroom.
The investment will boost teaching of Longdean’s wide range of creative subjects.
As well as five new suites of iPads, the grant will be used to invest in creative software such as Garageband and iPad Orchestra.
This will allow students to gain proficiency in techniques in music, art, drama, dance, photography and textiles at GCSE, BTEC and A Level – skills they can then use when they enter the workplace.
All students at Longdean study dance, drama and music in the lower school, with hands-on music making and dance/drama practical from day one.
Students are then able to choose more than one of these subjects for GCSE and Sixth form, if desired.
A music student in the Sixth form commented: “I feel incredibly lucky that our performing arts department has been awarded these iPads and I’m looking forward to using them to advance my education in music and dance.”
Head of art, Jo Sonnier, said: “The technology is accessible to all and a great way to encourage students that lack confidence to have a go, make mistakes and start again. It also allows a student to practice various techniques that are relevant to the world we live in today.”
Longdean’s £50k grant was part of a £1.3m funding pot awarded by the Wolfson Foundation to schools and colleges across the UK.
Graham Cunnningham, headteacher at Longdean commented on the grant win: “At Longdean we celebrate the individual and encourage each and every student to make the most of their particular interests and talents.
“Our innovative approach starts in year 7 with students now able to choose from our Performing Arts or STEM streams with enhanced timetables and extra-curricular offers in each. This sort of success with major grant applications really will give us facilities that are second to none, and it is incredibly exciting.”