The Duke visited Shireland Collegiate Academy on 24th September, 2014 to open the Academy’s new Performance Base.
Sir Mark Grundy, the Academy’s Principal, showcased the Academy’s unique digital approach to learning. HRH met Year 7 students during a digital lesson in the Academy’s recently installed, state of the art, Immersive Learning Room. Pupils experience a multi sensual learning environment using a range of digital aids such as projectors, sound systems, and even smells. During the visit, students saw a simulation of the Blitz and used Google Earth to explore World War 2 History.
The Duke visited the Performance Base, which will be used to study of theatre, dance, and music. Two hundred Year 8 pupils watched music and dance performances by Year 12/13 students. HRH thanked the Academy for its partnership in iDEA.
iDEA aims to support one million 14-25 year-olds to improve their digital skills.
The Duke said, “You have to maximise your potential. iDEA is about inspiring young people to make more of their lives than sitting in the classroom.”
Assistant Principal, Kirsty Tonks added, “There are so many opportunities for our students to carve out successful careers, that something such as iDEA is the perfect vehicle with which to do this.”
See photos from the day here