Our multi-skilled curriculum focuses on the importance of digital skills in an ever-evolving world. Pupils are taught to embrace new technology and how to use it to their best advantage, whilst also instilling a healthy respect for the pitfalls that they may encounter. Technology and digital learning are integrated into all areas of our curriculum, beginning in Reception.
A digital future - now a Microsoft Showcase School
Following an extensive, year-long application process, St Andrew’s has been accredited Microsoft Showcase status; only one of five Prep Schools in the UK to achieve this. Being a Showcase School helps ensure our teaching and learning retain its contemporary relevance and equips our pupils with future-ready skills.
Over 10% of staff are Microsoft Advanced Educators (MAEs), over 3% are Microsoft Innovator Expert Educators (MIEE) and over 2% are Microsoft Certified Educators.
Alongside integration, children receive weekly touch-typing lessons as well as weekly ICT lessons, where they are encouraged to explore the myriad of educational and creative opportunities that technology can offer. These include e-safety, coding using a variety of languages, building apps, graphic design, digital music, animation, game building, Minecraft Education, Office 365 projects, website building, podcasting and video editing.
We offer a range of tech clubs for pupils who have a real passion for this area, including a 'Girls in Tech' club, which has helped to highlight some of the inspirational female role models involved in the world of tech.
From Year 7, our pupils have a Surface Go device, which they bring into every lesson. This further embeds the strategies taught to them from the Pre-Prep, and provides continuity between subjects, in the class and at home, as well as encouraging independence, creativity, and ownership over their learning.