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‘NAACE’ Work If You Can Get It — Techno-Triumph For St Pat’s
Tuesday 15th November, 2005

When it comes to success at the cutting edge of computer technology a Wigan primary school has IT all.

St Patrick's Catholic Primary, Hardybutts, has just become the first school of its kind in the borough to receive a prestigious national award recognising its excellence in computer education.

The school received the NAACEmark from the National Association of Advisers for Computer Education following a tough inspection and assessment process.

The award is the national standard for Information Communication Technology (ICT) for both businesses and schools and aims to identify and celebrate the best examples of computer education across the country.

In achieving this award, St Patrick's has shown its commitment to promoting high standards and effective use of ICT in teaching and learning. The school also had to show how it will continue to make sure that both pupils and staff are ready for the future by keeping them aware of new developments in ICT

Headteacher Pat Bigland said she was delighted that St Patrick's had become the first primary school in the borough to achieve the award. She said: "We are very proud that the hard work of everyone involved with ICT at the school has been recognised through this award.", Mrs Bigland added: "At St Patrick's we are committed to moving with the times and providing our pupils with the right skills they need to benefit their educational career further down the line and prepare them for the demands of the modern world.

"I would like to congratulate everyone at the school for their dedication in helping us to achieve this award, particularly assistant headteacher Susan Bruen, for having the vision, determination and leadership skills to guide and inspire us all."


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