New laptops for Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy

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PUPILS can now do schoolwork on the move after 30 new laptops were installed at the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA).

Youngsters at the Southwell Campus will be able to use the Google Chromebooks to access resources and will benefit from a new superfast fibre optic broadband connection and wi-fi network, both of which were installed during the summer holidays.

Gary Spracklen, the director of digital learning and innovation at the academy, pictured with pupils, said: “A rich digital ethos is at the heart of the IPACA vision. The Chromebooks being deployed at Southwell Campus have been specifically set up to support primary teaching and learning.”

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4:26pm Mon 31 Mar 14

IslandJim1 says...

School has computers and internet access. Wow, that may have been news in 1994 but sadly in 2014 its just the Alapca's realising that they've only had (well deserved) negative press over the last few months, and are in serious need of a PR boost, no matter how menial.
School has computers and internet access. Wow, that may have been news in 1994 but sadly in 2014 its just the Alapca's realising that they've only had (well deserved) negative press over the last few months, and are in serious need of a PR boost, no matter how menial. IslandJim1
  • Score: 11

6:22pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Newground says...

Nice gadgets, IPACA.

And boy, we've been reading a lot about them in the local freesheets.

Now... Of all the students who attend your Academy in the next decade, how many would you expect to ultimately graduate to Oxford or Cambridge?
Nice gadgets, IPACA. And boy, we've been reading a lot about them in the local freesheets. Now... Of all the students who attend your Academy in the next decade, how many would you expect to ultimately graduate to Oxford or Cambridge? Newground
  • Score: 3

8:44pm Mon 31 Mar 14

marabout says...

Good God - Whatever next.

Computers in a school? Who would have thought that and to top it all they issued a press release to celebrate the fact.

Well, I suppose the PR department have to earn their keep.
Good God - Whatever next. Computers in a school? Who would have thought that and to top it all they issued a press release to celebrate the fact. Well, I suppose the PR department have to earn their keep. marabout
  • Score: 5

12:26am Tue 1 Apr 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

PUPILS can now do schoolwork on the move.
From this article, I deduce that pupils are walking around carrying their laptops but what puzzles me is how they manage to operate the keyboards and also see where they are going?
PUPILS can now do schoolwork on the move. From this article, I deduce that pupils are walking around carrying their laptops but what puzzles me is how they manage to operate the keyboards and also see where they are going? IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 1

11:34am Tue 1 Apr 14

bigmomma34 says...

The money would have been better spent fixing Southwell's leaking roof.

I would also like to point out that there are many children in Ipaca that are fully capable of graduating to Oxford or Cambridge.

This is old news anyway. Ipaca have had chrome books almost from the get go.
The money would have been better spent fixing Southwell's leaking roof. I would also like to point out that there are many children in Ipaca that are fully capable of graduating to Oxford or Cambridge. This is old news anyway. Ipaca have had chrome books almost from the get go. bigmomma34
  • Score: 2

1:45pm Tue 1 Apr 14

notweymouth says...

Newground wrote:
Nice gadgets, IPACA.

And boy, we've been reading a lot about them in the local freesheets.

Now... Of all the students who attend your Academy in the next decade, how many would you expect to ultimately graduate to Oxford or Cambridge?
Or somewhere decent like Imperial College :-)
[quote][p][bold]Newground[/bold] wrote: Nice gadgets, IPACA. And boy, we've been reading a lot about them in the local freesheets. Now... Of all the students who attend your Academy in the next decade, how many would you expect to ultimately graduate to Oxford or Cambridge?[/p][/quote]Or somewhere decent like Imperial College :-) notweymouth
  • Score: 1

1:51pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Bollard says...

Since my daughter was given her IPACA Chromebook last year it's been one of the biggest causes of argument in our house as it actually seems to be a distraction rather than a help when it comes to her homework!
Since my daughter was given her IPACA Chromebook last year it's been one of the biggest causes of argument in our house as it actually seems to be a distraction rather than a help when it comes to her homework! Bollard
  • Score: 4

2:02pm Tue 1 Apr 14

notweymouth says...

Bollard wrote:
Since my daughter was given her IPACA Chromebook last year it's been one of the biggest causes of argument in our house as it actually seems to be a distraction rather than a help when it comes to her homework!
but at least she is now a life-long member of the google collective :-)
[quote][p][bold]Bollard[/bold] wrote: Since my daughter was given her IPACA Chromebook last year it's been one of the biggest causes of argument in our house as it actually seems to be a distraction rather than a help when it comes to her homework![/p][/quote]but at least she is now a life-long member of the google collective :-) notweymouth
  • Score: 0

2:02pm Tue 1 Apr 14

westbaywonder says...

"A rich digital ethos"
What rubbish,facebook /utube/facebook and if you really move up the ranks, maybe an appearance on the J.Kyle chav show with your mummy and your mates from da hood. LOL.

Teach them about real life and doing real jobs, these kids are now nothing more than slaves to a screen and keypad.
"A rich digital ethos" What rubbish,facebook /utube/facebook and if you really move up the ranks, maybe an appearance on the J.Kyle chav show with your mummy and your mates from da hood. LOL. Teach them about real life and doing real jobs, these kids are now nothing more than slaves to a screen and keypad. westbaywonder
  • Score: 1

3:17pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Newground says...

bigmomma34 wrote:
The money would have been better spent fixing Southwell's leaking roof.

I would also like to point out that there are many children in Ipaca that are fully capable of graduating to Oxford or Cambridge.

This is old news anyway. Ipaca have had chrome books almost from the get go.
"I would also like to point out that there are many children in Ipaca that are fully capable of graduating to Oxford or Cambridge."

I certainly hope you are right, Bigmomma.

Assuming you are correct, what targets have the school set for the next decade for Oxbridge graduation? Will they meet or miss this target?

This information and aspiration would be of far more interest than how many gadgets the school dishes out.
[quote][p][bold]bigmomma34[/bold] wrote: The money would have been better spent fixing Southwell's leaking roof. I would also like to point out that there are many children in Ipaca that are fully capable of graduating to Oxford or Cambridge. This is old news anyway. Ipaca have had chrome books almost from the get go.[/p][/quote]"I would also like to point out that there are many children in Ipaca that are fully capable of graduating to Oxford or Cambridge." I certainly hope you are right, Bigmomma. Assuming you are correct, what targets have the school set for the next decade for Oxbridge graduation? Will they meet or miss this target? This information and aspiration would be of far more interest than how many gadgets the school dishes out. Newground
  • Score: 2

7:26pm Tue 1 Apr 14

portland6 says...

It's a bit unfair to ask about University entrance when IPACA has been prevented from opening a sixth form yet. How many Oxbridge candidates from local schools with sixth forms actually spent the first 12 years of their education in the IPACA schools?
It's a bit unfair to ask about University entrance when IPACA has been prevented from opening a sixth form yet. How many Oxbridge candidates from local schools with sixth forms actually spent the first 12 years of their education in the IPACA schools? portland6
  • Score: 3

4:22pm Wed 2 Apr 14

bigmomma34 says...

Newground wrote:
bigmomma34 wrote:
The money would have been better spent fixing Southwell's leaking roof.

I would also like to point out that there are many children in Ipaca that are fully capable of graduating to Oxford or Cambridge.

This is old news anyway. Ipaca have had chrome books almost from the get go.
"I would also like to point out that there are many children in Ipaca that are fully capable of graduating to Oxford or Cambridge."

I certainly hope you are right, Bigmomma.

Assuming you are correct, what targets have the school set for the next decade for Oxbridge graduation? Will they meet or miss this target?

This information and aspiration would be of far more interest than how many gadgets the school dishes out.
I fully agree with you Newground. I just didn't agree with your generalisation on Ipaca children not being capable of graduating to a top university. :O) (or have I read that wrong? I apologise if so)

I have never received any information about the targets set for the next decade and my children are in this school. Is it something that gets thought about? Are parents even important enough to receive this information?

It's not an unfair question for Newground to ask ,portland6. I don't think Ipaca having a sixth form will have any bearing on whether the primary children go to university or not. By then, in my opinion, it's too late. The ground work for this must be started from the beginning and not through the use of Chrome books!

There are other very good sixth forms and a college already out there. Also, I thought that Ipaca's sixth form was going to concentrate on more NVQ type stuff and less A-Levels? Is this wrong? If so, more information needs to be given out.

I'm sure I saw a planning application by Ipaca on the dorset county council planning application website for a building in which to house the sixth form? Surely, the only thing stopping the sixth form opening is this application approval?
[quote][p][bold]Newground[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigmomma34[/bold] wrote: The money would have been better spent fixing Southwell's leaking roof. I would also like to point out that there are many children in Ipaca that are fully capable of graduating to Oxford or Cambridge. This is old news anyway. Ipaca have had chrome books almost from the get go.[/p][/quote]"I would also like to point out that there are many children in Ipaca that are fully capable of graduating to Oxford or Cambridge." I certainly hope you are right, Bigmomma. Assuming you are correct, what targets have the school set for the next decade for Oxbridge graduation? Will they meet or miss this target? This information and aspiration would be of far more interest than how many gadgets the school dishes out.[/p][/quote]I fully agree with you Newground. I just didn't agree with your generalisation on Ipaca children not being capable of graduating to a top university. :O) (or have I read that wrong? I apologise if so) I have never received any information about the targets set for the next decade and my children are in this school. Is it something that gets thought about? Are parents even important enough to receive this information? It's not an unfair question for Newground to ask ,portland6. I don't think Ipaca having a sixth form will have any bearing on whether the primary children go to university or not. By then, in my opinion, it's too late. The ground work for this must be started from the beginning and not through the use of Chrome books! There are other very good sixth forms and a college already out there. Also, I thought that Ipaca's sixth form was going to concentrate on more NVQ type stuff and less A-Levels? Is this wrong? If so, more information needs to be given out. I'm sure I saw a planning application by Ipaca on the dorset county council planning application website for a building in which to house the sixth form? Surely, the only thing stopping the sixth form opening is this application approval? bigmomma34
  • Score: -2

5:52pm Wed 2 Apr 14

portland6 says...

They have found a plan B for the sixth form - which is offering the same range of qualifications as others locally and nationally - but have been delayed by a year in opening it. I think it's fair to say that it's difficult for a school to set targets for Oxbridge entry when its students are relying on other schools to get them the A levels, especially given the entry requirements, pastoral systems and transport arrangements for those other schools which may disadvantage outsiders. And targets are sent home by student on regular reports - I know the levels my primary age children are working at and aiming for. There will be overall figures generated from these individual figures, which I'm sure aren't a secret if you ask. Remember, though, that the figures partially tell you how clever the children were to start with, and that some local schools have higher levels and targets as they select by ability, religion or by being over subscribed!
They have found a plan B for the sixth form - which is offering the same range of qualifications as others locally and nationally - but have been delayed by a year in opening it. I think it's fair to say that it's difficult for a school to set targets for Oxbridge entry when its students are relying on other schools to get them the A levels, especially given the entry requirements, pastoral systems and transport arrangements for those other schools which may disadvantage outsiders. And targets are sent home by student on regular reports - I know the levels my primary age children are working at and aiming for. There will be overall figures generated from these individual figures, which I'm sure aren't a secret if you ask. Remember, though, that the figures partially tell you how clever the children were to start with, and that some local schools have higher levels and targets as they select by ability, religion or by being over subscribed! portland6
  • Score: -1

12:07pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Newground says...

portland6 wrote:
They have found a plan B for the sixth form - which is offering the same range of qualifications as others locally and nationally - but have been delayed by a year in opening it. I think it's fair to say that it's difficult for a school to set targets for Oxbridge entry when its students are relying on other schools to get them the A levels, especially given the entry requirements, pastoral systems and transport arrangements for those other schools which may disadvantage outsiders. And targets are sent home by student on regular reports - I know the levels my primary age children are working at and aiming for. There will be overall figures generated from these individual figures, which I'm sure aren't a secret if you ask. Remember, though, that the figures partially tell you how clever the children were to start with, and that some local schools have higher levels and targets as they select by ability, religion or by being over subscribed!
Wise words from portland6 and Big Momma.

I have no doubt that Portland has the talent... I just wonder if IPACA, with or without a sixth form, has the nous to develop them...

All I read about are Chromebooks, facilities and buidings -- not a word on new teachers and fabulous results.
[quote][p][bold]portland6[/bold] wrote: They have found a plan B for the sixth form - which is offering the same range of qualifications as others locally and nationally - but have been delayed by a year in opening it. I think it's fair to say that it's difficult for a school to set targets for Oxbridge entry when its students are relying on other schools to get them the A levels, especially given the entry requirements, pastoral systems and transport arrangements for those other schools which may disadvantage outsiders. And targets are sent home by student on regular reports - I know the levels my primary age children are working at and aiming for. There will be overall figures generated from these individual figures, which I'm sure aren't a secret if you ask. Remember, though, that the figures partially tell you how clever the children were to start with, and that some local schools have higher levels and targets as they select by ability, religion or by being over subscribed![/p][/quote]Wise words from portland6 and Big Momma. I have no doubt that Portland has the talent... I just wonder if IPACA, with or without a sixth form, has the nous to develop them... All I read about are Chromebooks, facilities and buidings -- not a word on new teachers and fabulous results. Newground
  • Score: 2

6:45pm Thu 3 Apr 14

portland6 says...

http://www.ipaca.uk.
com/4618/4618/
http://www.ipaca.uk. com/4618/4618/ portland6
  • Score: -1

8:35pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Newground says...

portland6 wrote:
http://www.ipaca.uk.

com/4618/4618/
I still want to know about their Oxbridge aspirations, with or without a sixth form, before my kids go there.

Any mug can dish out Chromebooks. (me included!)
[quote][p][bold]portland6[/bold] wrote: http://www.ipaca.uk. com/4618/4618/[/p][/quote]I still want to know about their Oxbridge aspirations, with or without a sixth form, before my kids go there. Any mug can dish out Chromebooks. (me included!) Newground
  • Score: 0

9:24pm Thu 3 Apr 14

portland6 says...

Well, recently 5 out of 440 Budmouth students went, and 10 of the 700 Hardye's 6th were offered a place (although I can't see how many actually went). Which is more than 1 and less than 2 percent from large cohorts. So 1 youngster going in the first few years from IPACA would beat that!
Well, recently 5 out of 440 Budmouth students went, and 10 of the 700 Hardye's 6th were offered a place (although I can't see how many actually went). Which is more than 1 and less than 2 percent from large cohorts. So 1 youngster going in the first few years from IPACA would beat that! portland6
  • Score: 1

9:54pm Thu 3 Apr 14

portland6 says...

So, after "not a word on fabulous results" I post a link to the story about them getting the best results ever for Portland - and, although I didn't mention it, better results and higher levels of progress in some subjects than any nearby school - and it gets down arrowed? I suspect some people here just don't want to hear the truth!
So, after "not a word on fabulous results" I post a link to the story about them getting the best results ever for Portland - and, although I didn't mention it, better results and higher levels of progress in some subjects than any nearby school - and it gets down arrowed? I suspect some people here just don't want to hear the truth! portland6
  • Score: 1

8:27am Fri 4 Apr 14

IslandJim1 says...

portland6 wrote:
Well, recently 5 out of 440 Budmouth students went, and 10 of the 700 Hardye's 6th were offered a place (although I can't see how many actually went). Which is more than 1 and less than 2 percent from large cohorts. So 1 youngster going in the first few years from IPACA would beat that!
How many actually applied though...the old guard universities are not the be all and end all of education like they once where, becoming more and more a badge of honour for rich foreign students rather than a sign of superior education. I agree with the above comment's, children need less tech in there life, not more. As for 6th form on Portland, what's the point, the Alpaca's are trying to walk before they can run...Weymouth college, Budmouth, Hardye's, Kingston Maurwood or a slightly longer bus ride to Colfox (Bridport) or Poole cover every 6th form/college eventuality very well. One of IPACA's first documents stated that Portland Children "are to INSULAR", I think any Oxford scholar would agree the definition of insular is "Educated at the AUWE in Southwell from playschool to 6th form".
[quote][p][bold]portland6[/bold] wrote: Well, recently 5 out of 440 Budmouth students went, and 10 of the 700 Hardye's 6th were offered a place (although I can't see how many actually went). Which is more than 1 and less than 2 percent from large cohorts. So 1 youngster going in the first few years from IPACA would beat that![/p][/quote]How many actually applied though...the old guard universities are not the be all and end all of education like they once where, becoming more and more a badge of honour for rich foreign students rather than a sign of superior education. I agree with the above comment's, children need less tech in there life, not more. As for 6th form on Portland, what's the point, the Alpaca's are trying to walk before they can run...Weymouth college, Budmouth, Hardye's, Kingston Maurwood or a slightly longer bus ride to Colfox (Bridport) or Poole cover every 6th form/college eventuality very well. One of IPACA's first documents stated that Portland Children "are to INSULAR", I think any Oxford scholar would agree the definition of insular is "Educated at the AUWE in Southwell from playschool to 6th form". IslandJim1
  • Score: 4

10:13pm Fri 4 Apr 14

portland6 says...

Loads of children go from DMS to Hardye's, spending 9 years or more being educated on the same Avenue, let alone island! I never hear them being called "insular."
Loads of children go from DMS to Hardye's, spending 9 years or more being educated on the same Avenue, let alone island! I never hear them being called "insular." portland6
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