Bolton School Foundation has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2021-2024 for its application of Apple technology in developing children’s learning. Across the Junior and Senior Schools, the 1:1 iPad programme gives pupils universal access to this technology, preparing them for an increasingly online and technology-focused world, and the iPad is used to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum.
Junior School pupils learn to code using Sphero and Swift playgrounds and continue that learning in the Senior School with the Everyone Can Code resources and design engineering projects. Younger children in the Foundation are also getting involved: the Junior Schools will next work to strengthen links with the Infants to facilitate a smooth transition to the 1:1 iPad setting.
Lisa Whittaker, Bolton School’s coordinator of Apple Distinguished School Status, said: “We will continue to develop our use of technology, across the Foundation, as a tool to fuel creativity, personalise learning and deepen collaboration, ensuring all students benefit from Reception to Sixth Form.”
In the Senior Schools, pupils express themselves creatively across multiple subjects, and technology is used to blend digital and traditional methods. Going forward, the school will look at how technology builds connections between different subjects and fosters entrepreneurial opportunities.
Bolton School will continue to share good practice with other schools and provide opportunities for children from a variety of backgrounds.
Head of Foundation Philip Britton said: ‘The selection of the Bolton School Foundation highlights our success in creating an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic achievement.’
Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of innovation, leadership and educational excellence. They use Apple technology to connect students to the world, fuel creativity, deepen collaboration and make learning personal.