RGS Worcester Four Schools Achieve Apple Distinguished School Status

The staff and pupils at RGS Worcester are celebrating this week having received the news that they have been recognised by Apple as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019 - 2022.

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10th October 2019 — RGS Springfield, RGS Dodderhill, RGS The Grange and RGS Worcester all received the much-coveted accolade for their innovative and meaningful approach to teaching and learning through the use of Apple Technology. Director of Innovation at the four RGS Schools, John Jones, commented, “It’s an incredible achievement by all the staff and pupils at RGSW to be recognised by Apple in this way. It’s people who ultimately transform education and I am incredibly proud to work in a team who have developed both the pedagogical and technical knowledge to utilise the remarkable possibilities afforded by digital technology.”

There are only 470 Apple Distinguished Schools in the world and they are regarded as centres of innovation, leadership and educational excellence. To obtain recognition, each school must have successfully embedded Apple technology into everyday school life to inspire creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. Apple Schools need to showcase the impact that innovative uses of technology have had upon learning, teaching and the school environment.

Teachers at the RGS Schools have access to the latest Apple technology and are provided with on-going, personalised professional development opportunities in using technology to aid learning. The technology assists the students in the process of learning by encouraging independent thinking. Pupils from Year Five upwards bring an iPad to school and are educated on how to use technology as a learning tool. They are also taught about e-safety and appropriate use online. This innovative approach strengthens feedback between teachers and pupils and helps prepare the students for the digital, global workplace into which they will enter once their studies are completed.

John Pitt, Headmaster at RGS Worcester said: “I am delighted that we have been recognised by Apple as a Distinguished School. We are already an Apple Regional Training Centre and provide training opportunities for local state and independent schools in order to encourage the appropriate use of technology in all education. It is so important that pupils know how to use technology appropriately, effectively and safely and our Digital Learning Programme prepares them well for their futures.”

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About RGS Worcester

An education at RGS Worcester is inclusive, challenging and academically stimulating. In the Senior School, we offer an outstanding education for boys and girls aged 11 – 18 years with an extensive range of opportunities both in their studies and in their co-curricular experience of school life. Our aim is to deliver excellence in all areas starting with high quality teaching and exceptional pastoral care. RGS Worcester, as one of the oldest schools in the country, combines a sense of history, community and place in the City of Worcester with ‘state of the art’ facilities, spacious grounds and a determination to see each child achieve their full potential. We are pleased that our pupils attain the qualifications necessary to go on to the leading universities in the UK and abroad, and are particularly proud that they develop the personal qualities of working together, respecting one another and their community and being open and friendly towards others.

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