Tormead School, Guildford, is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2016–2018 for the successful implementation of a 1:1 iPad scheme which ensures its girls are adept with the use of new technologies and allows them to benefit from the rich interactivity that tablet technology brings to education.

The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

Headmistress, Christina Foord commented: “The selection of Tormead as an Apple Distinguished School highlights the importance we place on innovation and creativity in education, alongside our focus on academic excellence. Staff and girls alike have been inspired and excited by the possibilities that developments in technology have brought.”

One of the biggest successes of Tormead’s iPad 1:1 programme has been the introduction of a homework diary app, App4 Students. This interactive personalised diary app is used extensively throughout the day by the girls and forms a cornerstone of the school’s communications with them.

The Showbie app is also used as part of Tormead’s paperless workflow solution for the collection and marking of the pupils’ work, handwritten and digital. The means of assessment for learning has been broadened in many ways, from the marking of essays to the deconstructing of sporting activities, from drama performance feedback to scientific data analysis.