Bexhill High gained Technology College status in 2001. As a result a massive extra investment in provision has been made possible in order to raise the levels of attainment of all students in all subjects.
The school is now tremendously well endowed with information and communication technology facilities, boasting no less than thirteen computer suites in addition to the computers in every teaching room. Teaching rooms also have large screen televisions fed by video recorders and DVD players and the use of interactive whiteboards is now enhancing lessons in all faculties.
Student study is supported by hard copy and on-line study guides which continue to be developed to provide a high standard learning resource. Our students are encouraged to use ICT as an integral part of school work.
The faculties of Mathematics, Science and Design and Technology have benefited from close scrutiny of provision and facilities resulting in further investment in the students’ education. Courses offered are now tailored to students’ abilities and interests. The enrichment of facilities that has taken place now provides tremendous opportunity for educational experience relevant to today.s world of work. In Design and Technology for example our students have the opportunity to scan objects in 3D which may form the basis of a new design, the resulting scan can then be altered on a computer and the new design sent to a 3D router which is used to make a three dimensional model of the design. In Science our students use state of the art data collection devices and the use of computers in the analysis of results is the norm. In Mathematics the immediate feedback made possible by on-line lessons presents students with pace, challenge and assistance allowing a rapid progression in this subject.
The number of extra curricular activities offered as a result of Technology College status has greatly increased and our students now participate in such projects as the Robot Challenge and Greenpower Car projects the latter being an exciting opportunity to build, drive and race a green powered car. The regional finals being held at Goodwood Racetrack.
The role of the school in the wider community has also been the subject of audit and vast improvement as a result of Technology College status. Our staff are involved in many different projects with our Primary School partners including the provision of on and off site ICT assistance and the development of Design and Technology education in these schools.
We have been pivotal in the development of ICT facilities for learners of all ages in the community and Bexhill's Computer Learning Centre opened at the Down Road Campus in April 2003. This allows any member of the community to participate in the internationally recognised CISCO courses in network computer hardware installation and manipulation in addition to first steps CLAIT and occasional courses in Dreamweaver, image manipulation and other areas of interest.
Our role in school and community education does not stop here. During the course of the next few years Bexhill will see this school forming the centre of an educational force penetrating and serving the whole community. This is an exciting time for us all.