New hub helping pupils go digital

Students at Churchill Community College in the new digital hub.
Students at Churchill Community College in the new digital hub.

A new feature is helping pupils at a Wallsend school.

The state-of-the-art ‘creative arts and digital media hub’ is supporting students at Churchill Community College after it received funding support from the Wolfson Foundation.

The cutting edge provision, the first of its kind in North Tyneside, will support students studying Post-16 courses.

The hub, based in a purpose-created area of the college, consists of a large creative studio space and a number of glass suites containing state of the art mixing and recording equipment, iMacs, MacBook’s with green screen filming facilities and an iPad suite with CTouch screens.

Headteacher David Baldwin said: “We are extremely fortunate to have received funding for this fantastic facility and would like to thank the Wolfson Foundation. We look forward to seeing the amazing work that our students produce as well as the experiences and opportunities this equipment affords them.”

“Digital technologies are part of everyone’s future career and this is highly sophisticated provision.”

The facility was officially opened by Paul Hanson, deputy chief executive of North Tyneside Council.

He said: “It is an honour to be asked to open such a brilliant facility.

“The teaching team and young people at Churchill have already shown they understand ‘outstanding’ education, but today they are demonstrating the need to make sure our young people have access to world-class technology and can keep in touch with a fast-paced, changing world.”

Students will work much more interactively using the equipment, developing independence and equipping them with the digital skills that they will need to be successful in an increasingly global environment.

“Evidence to support the use of digital technology in the classroom shows a strong link with improved progress especially in relation to creative thinking, independent learning, peer to peer support, and the exploration and development of ideas.