New IT centres help pupils’ learning at Sunderland academy

Farringdon Community Academy pupils in their new-look IT suite.
Farringdon Community Academy pupils in their new-look IT suite.
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STUDENTS are learning in style thanks to two new-look ICT suites.

Farringdon Community Academy in Sunderland has treated the suites to a makeover with new furniture and computers.

The new layout was created to provide a more adult way of working, which is proving a hit with students.

Headteacher Howard Kemp is thrilled with the new-look rooms and said they will play a big part in students’ success.

He said: “We are delighted with the end result of the ICT suite refurbishment.

“The computer suites have made a massive difference to our school and have helped to transform our students’ learning.

“Prior to starting the project, the ICT suites were unloved and scruffy.

“The computers were all placed facing the wall and the rooms weren’t a great place to study in.”

He added: “When we decided to invest in the refurbishment, we knew that we wanted to create an office-style environment for the students. That way they could experience a different way of working instead of a traditional classroom set-up.”

He said the desks are now set up in pods of six in a hexagonal design so the students face each other while working.

“The ICT suites look great and are being made good use of now.”

Nigel Green, business development manager for Claughtons, said: “The ICT suites have now been brought up to standard and are fully functioning. We designed the furniture to suit the space from scratch and manufactured it in our factory in Melton, so it’s safe to say that Farringdon Community Academy’s ICT suites are unique.

“It’s great to see the students enjoying the facilities.”