Technology College Status
Before Christmas, it was confirmed by the Secretary of State for Education that Alcester High School had been successful in it's attempt to become a Technology College. Our school was one of only eighteen to become a Technology College this time round. This announcement means that month's of hard work, that had been put into this effort had not been wasted, and that soon we will have lots more technology in our school.
To gain Technology College status, first we had to raise £100,000 in cash or in kind (i.e. so much worth of computers etc.) Then we had to do a report outlining how we would spend the money etc.
No less than ten companies supported our bid. They are:
All these companies were kind enough to support our school, and they all deserve a great deal of thanks, for without them our bid would not have been possible
The thing that is in this for the companies, is that all the students of Alcester High school, will come out of school computer literate, and capable of using technology which is in their factories / offices.
Due to this scheme, we will be able to afford, or have gained from companies: A specialised Computer Aided Design and Graphics room, new computer networks in Science, Maths and Technology, and an integrated learning system in Maths. We will also be getting, CNC lathes and Millers for Technology, Multimedia workstations in Humanities, and sound systems for music and Drama. The Library will be refurbished into a learning resource centre, and we will be getting a bank of laptops for English. Plans are on the way for Internet links with schools in France, Germany, Italy and Finland, which we also hope to obtain European funding to achieve.
In total it will mean we will receive over £250,000 worth of new technology in Alcester High School.
As you can imagine, these are exciting times in our school.