Hadley Learning Community is an all-through school for students from 5 – 16 years of age located in the community of Hadley in central Telford. The school opened on the 1st September 2006 and is a £70 million PFI project, in partnership with Interserve, which represents a major investment by the Borough of Telford and Wrekin Council in creating an exceptional 21st Century learning campus for our students. The campus consists of:

  • 900 place secondary phase for 11-16 year olds, with 180 students in each year group
  • 420 place primary phase for 5-11 year olds with 60 children, in two classes, in each year group
  • 60 place Local Authority Nursery, which has a morning and afternoon session for 30 children
  • 160 place Special School, The Bridge, which is co-located on the campus, for children with severe and profound disabilities
  • A Family Centre for children’s services and an early intervention team
  • ABC Nursery, which is privately run but works very closely with HLC
  • Community facilities, called The Circle, for sports which includes a swimming pool and fitness suite as well as a Public Library, Coffee shop, Theatre and Dance Studio all used by the public during the day, evenings, weekends and holidays.

The Award submission video

Notes on the video from the learning guides

Leadership of ICT comes from the top and has done since the campus opened. The principal is ‘up front’ about the responsibility and need for leadership. The fact that the principal is still leading from the front seven years on is testament to their progress and their knowledge of what else needs to be achieved. The Learning Gateway is both the present and the future for HLC. Much of their learning and development depends upon its features, facilities and performance.

The clear path to include parents and carers is fast developing and the use of the gateway and the SMS texting system are examples of empowering both school and home to ensure support of the learners.

Planning undertaken by the leadership team and the staff is clearly effective as can be judged by the many engrossed learners seen on the video who are clearly enjoying learning.

The use of assessment via mobile devices in areas such as Drama show the depth of planning and creativity of staff using ICT where it is appropriate and not where it isn’t! The link between appropriate forms of learning and appropriate forms of recording is shown clearly with the outdoor learning being recorded using individual blogs and the local community being invited to contribute.

The parent video shows:

  • strong commitment to ICT led by Head
  • using iPads in dance to enable the pupils to self assess, with the teacher making the videos for pupils to self-assess work
  • technology is at the heart of assessment for the teachers, identiyfing under-achieving students
  • the boys talking about Raspberry Pi and Scratch display good confidence and enthusiasm
  • the exam preparation battle in yr 11 is a really good approach, visual, interactive, collaborative and with elements of peer tutoring and assessment
  • the yr 5 Tickwood Farm project, with pupils writing on their own blogs and wanting comments from parents, and the pupils explaining about using their own blogs, illustrate the way the school is stimulating the independence and creativity of the pupils and engaging parents
  • governors are involved in the vision, supporting high investment in technology, for staff to be at the forefront
  • the y8 geography pupils finding and bringing up images on Apple TV shows some enquiry-based learning happening
  • the learning gateway, to establish a community of learning is obviously a big project, but its use not explained in the promo – which the commentary then explains as this is a project in progress.