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Ashford School Brings Virtual ‘United Classroom’ to Life

Ashford School has hosted a national residential workshop for A Level students from around the country who normally only meet via their online lessons.

As part of national schools group, United Learning, Ashford School was chosen as the venue for the first residential weekend for ‘United Classroom’ students. United Classroom is the group’s innovative distance learning initiative in which A Levels in Physics and Economics are taught to students across the country via a mix of live, online lessons and residential meetings. During the online lessons a teacher in one part of the country can interact and talk to students. United Learning schools from Carlisle, Sheffield, Leeds, Northampton and Reigate participated.

The residential workshop was held in Ashford School’s new excellent International Centre which is equipped with cutting-edge educational and boarding facilities that make it ideal for such events.

Mike Buchannan, Head of Ashford School was delighted to welcome the students:

“We were delighted to welcome students from across United Learning to our new International Centre. Everyone who took part over the weekend enjoyed it and was hugely impressed by these great new facilities. We’re looking forward to using the Centre for many other amazing events in the future for our friends and colleagues across the country”.

Dominic Norrish, United Learning’s Group Director of Technology said:

“Everyone involved in the project enjoyed coming together in person to share the excellent facilities at Ashford School. Distance learning can be an excellent way to access qualifications which local schools struggle to offer, but there is a particular benefit when it is blended with face to face workshops that bring students from all the participating schools together. This is a unique initiative that has already proved very successful as a pilot and which we are delighted to be expanding into A Levels across our schools”.

Megan, a Year 12 Physics student at Dunottar School, said, "it was great to have the opportunity to try out all of the practicals that went with what we are doing online in Physics. I really enjoyed working with the other students from across the country”.

Oliver, an Economics student from Northampton Academy, said, "I am hoping to go into Law or Accountancy at university, so my Economics course helps me to apply for these courses. The social side of this weekend was a real highlight, as well as the classwork and meeting everyone else studying through United Classroom”.

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