Christmas has come early for a school in Nantymoel after thirty iPad’s and seven HD TV’s were installed as it looks to bring a new wave of technology into its classrooms. Nantymoel Junior School was able to purchase the technology after receiving £17,500 of funding from Pennant Walters. The south Wales renewable energy company has provided the funding as part of its policy of ensuring local communities benefit from its investments
The iPad’s and TV’s, which are to be used across the school and benefit its 200 pupils, have reduced the access to technology ratio for pupils to 1:3 per class and the installation is set to further learning across the school. The funding was secured with the help of Chair of Governors and local Councillor David Owen. Deputy Head Teacher Daniel Davies explains:
Unlike schools in England we don’t have access to a separate IT budget and so to further our facilities it means spend in other areas has to be reduced. When we learnt of the funding available through Pennant Walters we jumped at the chance of making an application. We are thrilled to have received the funding and the difference it will make to school life is incredible.
This project follows previous funding awarded by Pennant Walters to Nantymoel Junior School. Having received over £6,700, the school installed a bike and scooter facility at the beginning of term and now has over twenty regular cyclists to and from school. Mr Davies continued:
Linking the iPad’s to the TV’s and Apple technology will allow us all to share learning in a much easier way. We can now stop the class – show and discuss pupil involvement interactively and then continue learning. We are very excited about the difference the technology is going to make to school life.
Chair of Governors and local Councillor David Owen said:
The fact that this funding has been made available is fantastic – it means that other budget areas don’t need to be reduced to accommodate our IT needs. Having Apple technology readily available throughout the classrooms will greatly benefit our pupils. Shared learning has its obvious benefits and we are looking forward to seeing the impact it has.