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Penrice Academy in St Austell one of first in county to launch mobile app

By CG_Steve  |  Posted: March 08, 2014

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Left to right: Students Zeke Rowe, Morwenna Tamblyn, Isaac Parker, Tegan martin and Jack Curley who have downloaded the app on their iPads

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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.

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  • trevrobwhite  |  March 09 2014, 9:13AM

    Penrice need to concentrate on the important things like iPad security and not being the first to do everything apple related, then perhaps parents would have to keep mopping up the mess with things like apple updates (which have to be done at home) This would be a good thing to have if the apple devices were working with everything else, but they are not and students are often falling back needing PCs at home as well, the school say they are working to sort out the issues but don't have time, but they seem to have time to create apps to be the first (as always) Also what happened to not needing Wifi access at home (which we all knew was a lie anyway). Sort your priorities out Penrice, no wonder ofsted removed your outstanding (which continued to be displayed a year later around the school). You could be such a good school if you listened to parents.

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