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Our Digital School of the Year winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Parent Zone Digital School of the Year award 2017

We were blown away by the standard of the entries to the Parent Zone Digital School of the Year award for 2017. So much so, we've decided to honour not one, but two winners.

The award celebrates two of our Digital Schools members for their dedication to digital excellence in the past year. Both winners have gone the extra mile to maximise the online opportunities of their pupils while informing them, and their entire school community, of the risks the internet can pose.

Winners of this year’s award will receive a wealth of prizes, including an online safety session delivered by Parent Zone’s training team, as well as a day for each school in the Sky Skills Studio, generously donated by Sky Academy. The winners will also be given £250 to use towards improving their in-house tech resources.

After much deliberation, this year’s winners are St Andrew’s C of E Primary School in Plymouth and Epsom College in Surrey.

Parent Zone’s Deputy CEO Sophie Linington says: ‘we were impressed by St Andrew’s’ holistic approach to online safety, involving pupils, staff, governors and parents. St Andrew’s has enthusiastically embraced the Digital Schools programme and we are delighted to recognise their commitment to a safe and enjoyable online life for children and their families.'

Outlining why Epsom College won, Sophie says: ‘Epsom work hard to embed the digital world into their learning environment, embracing technology whilst ensuring their students are well equipped to manage the risks and make the most of the benefits.’

Upon hearing the news of their success, St Andrew’s teacher Warren Stonebridge said: ‘all the children and staff were delighted to hear that we had won the Digital School of the Year Award. The online safety of our school community is extremely important to us and it is great that our hard work and dedication to e-safety has been validated nationally by Parent Zone.’

Helen Keevil from Epsom College (pictured above and below, with pupils) said that the work to ‘embed the digital world in a traditional well-established teaching & learning environment has been fun and highly rewarding. Pupils, staff and parents have totally embraced my ideas, fully supportive of the advice we have been sharing to ensure we are all well and truly connected in a positive, safe, innovative and creative way.’

Both schools will receive their coveted award in the week of Safer Internet Day (7 February) and will feature in our coverage of the celebration on the Parent Zone and Parent Info websites.

This year, we have also decided to commend five further Digital Schools members for their effective work in a particular area. All will receive an individual certificate praising them on their dedication to improving their school's Digital landscape. Congratulations to all our winners!

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School: Student Engagement at a Secondary school

Higher Lane Primary School: Student Engagement at a Primary school

Nelson Primary School: Parental Engagement

Oaklands Primary Academy: Innovation

Bradley Stoke Community School: Curriculum

Image: Helen Keevil/Epsom College