Our school has a rich heritage in the use of ICT. A recent inspection report stated that "The children are very skilled in using a wide range of information and communication technology (ICT) devices and software to extend and express their learning across the curriculum; this high level work includes animation, interactive design, and various forms of broadcasting, including television, radio and podcasts."
In 2004 the school was awarded the “ET Sharing Excellent Practice Award”, one of only four primary schools in Northern Ireland ever to have achieved this status. The Principal also won the BECTA leadership award for ICT in 2005. In 2012 the school was awarded the NAACE ICT Mark recognising the commitment and expertise of staff and pupils.
All children enjoy a wide range of ICT experiences including the use of programmable devices, communication tools, databases, spreadsheets, logo and control technologies. Each Foundation Stage classroom has a minimum of 8 computer systems while the school’s CATAPULT project ensures that each Key Stage One and Key Stage Two child has their own laptop for use in school and, on occasions, at home. The Digital Creativity Suite has a range of devices to support the teaching of ICT including 2 sound booths, a TV studio and various animation and recording devices.
All classrooms have been furnished with a visualiser and an interactive whiteboard. Netbook computers (70 in total) have also recently been purchased to enhance the CATAPULT concept with a more portable solution focused on particular learning needs.
In 2015 the school introduced iPads to all teaching staff to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom which is supported by on-going professional development with iTeach.