Holbrook Primary School recognised with ICT Mark for using technology in the classroom

Children and staff at Holbrook Primary School celebrating awarding of the ICT Mark and opening of a

Children and staff at Holbrook Primary School celebrating awarding of the ICT Mark and opening of a renovated computer room with MP for South Suffolk James Cartlidge. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

A Suffolk school at the forefront of using technology in the classroom has had a double celebration after receiving two awards.

Holbrook Primary School recently received the prestigious ICT Mark as well as £5,000 towards renovating its computer room.

The ICT Mark recognises schools using technology across the curriculum as well as in administration.

Holbrook already has a 3D printer used by pupils, some of whom also compete nationally and internationally in young robotics competitions.

The £5,000 came after the school placed second in BT’s Techfactor competition which wanted to find institutions driving to develop children’s ICT skills.

The ICT Mark, awarded by the organisation Naace, was presented to the school on Thursday by South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge.

He also cut the ribbon on the new computer rooms.

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Mr Cartlidge said: “I am honoured to present this award to Holbrook Primary School.

“Technological skills are increasingly vital and the ICT Mark recognises the fact that by upholding such an excellent level of ICT teaching Holbrook are truly giving their pupils the best possible start in life.”

Holbrook’s headteacher Annie Hookway said she was delighted the school had been given the ICT Mark.

“It recognises our positive approach to the use of technology and the benefits it is bringing to our children,” she said.

“We believe that technology can be used in every aspect of learning and that it is essential our children are equipped for the modern world. We have invested in our computer room to ensure they have the right tools to achieve this.”

Richard Williams, the school’s computing coordinator who also runs its Digiminds robotics club, said all the children and staff deserved credit for achieving the mark.

He added: “It is wonderful that we have also been able to renovate out computer room.

“We want to ensure our children continue to have access to the latest technology and learn how to be effective twenty-first century citizens.”