Our exciting ICT partnership with Centerprise

The members and Directors of The Island Free School are delighted to announce that we have secured the services of Centerprise International to deliver the school’s ICT provision. Centerprise is a highly respected, Hampshire-based company with experience of working with many free schools. They have a reputation for providing bespoke ICT solutions and pride themselves on delivering ICT packages which support the vision of each individual school.

The Island Free School will be based in Ventnor, and earlier this year we received a budget of nearly half a million pounds for ICT to support the school in delivering a fully academic curriculum and ensure that the latest technology is available to enhance the school’s music specialism.

Group member Steve Jones, who led on the procurement process, says: “The Centerprise bid stood head and shoulders above the competition both in its vision and innovation. We are genuinely excited at the possibilities that this technology offers our students. There can’t be many schools in the country that can match the resources that we’ll be offering”.

Students will be able record their own music, make robots and create their own weather forecasts that will be broadcast on the school’s radio.

Central to the school’s ICT resources will be the use of a music package which allows students to practice, record and perform music via the internet both individually and in groups. This will help to support and develop their musical skills and, via the school’s recording studio, record their performances which will be stored in their own e-portfolios.

Elsewhere, students will be able to design and construct their own robots using the latest software and create their own weather forecasts at the school’s weather station, which can then be broadcast, along with their musical creations, on the school’s radio station.

PE students will be able to analyse each other’s performances using the school’s movement analysis equipment, and access performance clips. Artists can develop interactive portfolios in one of the school’s iMac suites.

Headmaster Steph Boyd comments: “The innovation and creativity that has gone into the design of our ICT facilities perfectly matches our vision for The Island Free School. These amazing resources, when combined with outstanding teaching, will deliver the exceptional education that is central to the vision and ethos of our school.”

The school opens in September 2014 for Year 7 pupils.