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Queen Anne's recognised as digital leaders

Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, has been awarded the prestigious Microsoft Showcase School Award for the third year running.

 

This award acknowledges the extensive digital teaching and learning that has become integral to the school’s approach. The leading girls’ day and boarding school became one of just a small group of schools in the UK and to be recognised by the international tech giants as leaders in digital learning for a third time.

Assistant Head – Digital, Thomas Lange explained; “We developed the infrastructure, pedagogy and skills to embark on our 1:1 scheme in 2019 after having supported bring-your-own-device for some time. Since then the school has grown from strength-to-strength with digital thinking at the forefront. The Queen Anne’s staff have shown great dedication to continuing their journey as digital educators and over the last 18 months with 24 teachers having achieved Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert status.”

Throughout the Covid Pandemic, the innovative digital approach at Queen Anne’s School has allowed more than 20,000 periods of remote academics and well-being lessons to take place. Students were able to complete almost their entire timetable despite lockdowns, showing the extensive benefits of access to digital excellence.

One parent at the school commented that; “Two years ago, our daughter was using IT only when forced to, or socially - now she is using it in a professional way which will definitely benefit her for both university and further on in her career.”

Headmistress Julia Harrington praised the girls and staff for their work saying; “The school has to demonstrate digital excellence in four key areas; teaching and learning that is fit for purpose in the 21st Century, innovation, leadership and inclusion. Having been awarded this status for a third year running, we will continue to enhance the development of life-long skills including computational thinking, critical analysis and problem solving.”