North Ormesby RTC launch goes down a storm!

North Ormesby Primary Academy officially launched as an Apple Regional Training Centre on Thursday 19th May 2016. Partners, collaborators and colleagues attended from far and wide to celebrate the opening which was led by senior leaders from the school alongside a team of Year 5/6 ‘digital ambassadors’ and the academy’s ‘Expert Solutions’ partner JTRS.

Over 80 attendees had the opportunity to look at the excellent computing practice on-going at North Ormesby and got hands-on with some of the technology on display. The digital ambassadors led sessions on: virtual reality in the classroom; using ‘Minecraft’ to inspire writing; digital assessment; coding with iPads and using a range of robots and drones; augmented reality and using ‘Osmo’ across the curriculum. In addition, staff from JTRS opened the event with an inspirational ‘iPads in the curriculum’ keynote and demonstrated how to use the green screen to engage learners.

There was also the opportunity to network with some of the academy’s technology/close partners: Marvellous Me, Iris, Perspective, Trilby TV and Vision for Education.

The event was a resounding success and feedback received from attendees was extremely pleasing; the children making up the team of digital ambassadors were particularly high up on the list of commendations!

Clare Elliott, Development Leader of the ‘Middlesbrough Achievement Partnership’ said; “The event was brilliant! The range of equipment showcased was fantastic, the digital ambassadors were brilliant and the whole event inspiring. I think it’s so important to embed technology wherever possible as these skills are so key for young people now and in the future and are skills employers look for in many sectors”.

Paul Forster, deputy headteacher at Whale Hill primary said; “I thought the fact that the pupils showcased the technology was outstanding. They were great and really knew their stuff. As well as that, it hammered home the point that all children can embrace the technology!”.

All attendees received their very own ‘NOPA’ goodie bag, entrance to the ‘technology raffle’ with prizes on offer such as an iPad mini, Kindle Fire and many more, as well as a fantastic finger buffet provide by North Ormesby Academy’s excellent catering team.

With the launch now complete, the academy will hold a minimum of 12 training sessions per academic year (a proposed schedule of is shown below). Anyone interested in attending can contact the academy on 01642 247985 or email at