Specialist Technology College Status
Harnessing the power of the latest technology to raise standards in learning for all
At Kingsmead we are committed to developing and extending our technological ethos in order to raise standards and achievement. It is essential that our students are equipped with the skills they need for the ever-changing world.
Each student will study Information and Communication Technology as a discrete subject throughout the college. All our students take a full qualification in ICT in KS4 – GCSE or OCR National. All post-16 students study ICT with many adding a further advanced qualification. In addition, all our subjects use ICT to enhance learning. The adoption of an effective Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) further augments our provision.
We have already made a huge investment in ICT resources. We have seven general computer rooms with additional ICT rooms in English, Mathematics, Science, Technology and Music. Other subjects also have their own computer facilities. Our ratio of computers to students in September 2010 is 1:1.8 – ahead of national targets in this area. We have interactive whiteboards in all ICT, English and maths classrooms and Ebeam in all Science classrooms. We have also installed laptops which can be used anywhere in the College and thin-client machines.
Technology College Status
As a Technology College, Kingsmead is committed to:
- Working together in partnership with Norton Canes High School, parents, local
primary schools, businesses and the wider community to maximise achievement;
- Investing in students to equip them for employment in an every-changing economy
and for responsible citizenship;
- Using technology to promote the life chances of our students;
- Promoting lifelong learning for all;
- Providing a technologically-rich learning environment which is stimulating, challenging and supportive;
- Providing a caring environment in which individuals are valued and supported.
The College works hard with its partner primary schools to offer a range of activities which will help in the transfer of our potential students. Activities include:
- gifted and talented mathematics classes;
- ICT Control Technology lessons
- specialist technology, science mathematics and ICT themed weeks
- support for primary colleagues in specialist areas
- virtual learning environment and web development for partners
- fund technician time for a range of primary feeder schools
- adult literacy and numeracy testing and support for our adult community.