A SCHOOL in St Austell has become one of the first in Cornwall to create its own mobile ‘app’.
Penrice Academy hopes the move will help parents, pupils and the community keep up-to-date with its latest news on their iPhone or Android devices.
‘Apps’ are applications through which information can be downloaded on to a mobile phone or other device.
Vice-Principal Jan Woodhouse said: “In this age of mobile technology and social media, the ‘Penrice App’ is another way of keeping in touch with parents and the wider community.
“The new app is free, and it’s designed to complement our school’s other communication activities; we already use Twitter.”
Principal David Parker added: “We are starting to tell parents about the app during parents’ events, through our newsletter, social media and the school’s website. Feedback that we have received so far has been positive.”
Parents are able to keep track of important days and events with a link to the school calendar. They can use one touch calling, access an integrated QR (quick response) reader, receive messages from the school and arrange appointments.