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Horning and Cantley Primary Schools’ £25,000 bid for digital classroom on wheels

Pupils at Cantley Primary School with teacher Adam Parkhouse. Picture: Antony Kelly

Pupils at Cantley Primary School with teacher Adam Parkhouse. Picture: Antony Kelly

Archant Norfolk 2017

Two primary schools hope to secure enough votes to get their dream of a digital classroom on wheels moving.

Headteacher of Cantley and Horning Primary Schools, Chris Aitken. Picture: Denise BradleyHeadteacher of Cantley and Horning Primary Schools, Chris Aitken. Picture: Denise Bradley

Cantley and Horning Primary Schools have applied to the Aviva Community Fund for a grant of up to £25,000 to create a mobile technology classroom.

Headteacher Chris Aitken said it will improve links between the two schools – which are 20 miles apart – allow them to explore the county and see their lessons benefit those in rural communities with limited access to technology.

The classroom will likely be a revamped bus, fitted out with a wifi hotspot, iPads, laptops and programming tools.

He said they would encourage youngsters to become “digital teachers” – giving basic digital tips and tricks to those in need, such as completing a food order on an iPad.

Pupils at Cantley Primary School with teacher Adam Parkhouse. Picture: Antony KellyPupils at Cantley Primary School with teacher Adam Parkhouse. Picture: Antony Kelly

“It’s really important to us that the bus is able to get out and about in the community,” he said. “We want children to follow the curriculum in computing and then share those skills with members of the community.

“There’s a benefit for the children, who can build confidence and refresh skills, and for communities.”

As a five-year aim, Mr Aitken said he hopes 100 children will be skilled up to, in turn, help 1,000 members of the community.

In his bid convincing people to vote, Mr Aitken said the schools represent “a dying part of the education system”.

“We are two tiny rural primary schools that survive by innovating, never resting and always evolving to build confidence in life-long learning,” he said. “We don’t have computer rooms, we don’t have dining rooms, nor do we have an assembly hall.

“We have to ensure that the few rooms we possess work in a multipurpose way. Limited space limits progression.”

He said that Cantley had applied for a similar, but smaller, project under the community fund two years ago, but had narrowly missed out. Now, with the project boasting a much wider reach, he said he was optimistic they could make it a reality.

Voting opens on Tuesday, October 24 – if you would like to vote, click here.

You can email the school for information on office@cantley.norfolk.sch.uk

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