The renewal video (2016) and original commentary (2012)

The original submission (2012)

Ryton Park School is a happy, exciting and inclusive school in Worksop, North Nottinghamshire. We moved from three separate sites into a brand new school in September 2011 and our state of the art facilities are now second to none!

Ryton Park is a larger than average primary school, having approximately 560 children. Mobility within the school can be high; it serves an area of high social disadvantage, a local transient community and is a traveller base school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is much higher than that seen nationally.

Over the past few years, we have invested heavily in ICT as well as other innovative learning resources, to develop an enriched and creative curriculum for every child in school. Our aim is to develop the interests and talents of all of our children so that they become happy, lifelong learners who acquire the skills and abilities to become confident adults.

Some of our facilities include a media suite to produce daily radio and television broadcasts, a large music room with an abundance of instruments for whole class music tuition, gym and ampitheatre with performing arts facilities, an array of computers, technical devises and learning platform to provide the children with a wide range of engaging and exciting learning opportunities, to name but a few.

Our creative approach to teaching and learning has been nationally recognised by Becta – Best Whole School ICT Excellence Award Winners, (2009) and more recently by Naace – 3rd Millennium Learning Award, (2012).

The Award submission video (points to note below)

  • Awareness that the school is preparing pupils for a world that is rapidly changing and cannot be predicted;
  • Full embedding of technology in the running and life of the school and to make the learning experience of the pupils reflect real life;
  • Staff development of resources to help new entrants to the school;
  • Pupils able to choose the tools they want to use for learning, technology tools or otherwise;
  • Engagement of parents through development of the ways the school communicates with parents;
  • Strong use of visual learning utilising cameras and large screens, particularly to engage pupils whose main language is other than English;
  • Extension of learning into the home through the laptops pupils take home;
  • The school’s own digital TV channel with weekly programmes, engaging the community in the life of the school while giving the pupils the opportunity to produce professional quality output.