Apple Distinguished School

We’re pleased to be recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2021–2024 for our continued approach to evidence informed use of technology within learning that supports students and teachers to develop innovative, creative and personalised learning experiences.

Learning with iPad

Click on the links below to find out more about how student learning is redefined through the use of technology


At Heathfield Community College we aim to create inspiring, creative and dynamic learning experiences that build self esteem and resilience. We aim to  provide innovative, challenging and personalised provision that equips students to thrive both in and beyond the College. Teachers select the most appropriate resources to enable student choice, personalisation and engagement in learning.

Technology is a tool to create new opportunities and redefine the learning experience. Shared leadership promotes a culture of continuous innovation and reflection ensuring our students are at the heart of everything we do.

Technology plays a key part in ensuring our vision becomes a reality and our students are given the opportunity to become the very best versions of themselves.

Discover more about our Vision here.


At Heathfield we use the iPad as a tool to redefine the learning experiences of our students and it allows us to develop a dynamic learning environment. The technology supports our innovative approach and through investing in pedagogy as a craft we have moved from simply exploring how technology can enhance the classroom to integrating it within our day to day practice. Apple technology has allowed the teaching and learning experience to be connected, collaborative, creative and personal.

Click on each heading below to discover how Apple technology is supporting learning.

Evidence Informed Practice

The last 3 years has seen us focus on research-informed practice that builds teacher expertise and autonomy through collaborative alignment and ensures technology is redefining the learning experience. 

This includes:

  • Modelling
  • Improving Explanations
  • Assessment
  • Feedback
  • Pupil Practice


Technology allows students to be creative across the curriculum. No longer is creativity confined to a specific lesson or classroom. Learners use iPad to unlock their creative potential through problem solving and reevaluating their approach to learning.


We are committed to offering a full and inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all of our pupils whatever their needs or abilities. We hold the same high expectations for all, including those with SEND and aim to include all pupils in all aspects of college life. iPad has allowed us to ensure quality first teaching for all learners by making reasonable adjustments.

Find out more about how student learning is redefined through the use of technology here.


As a College we take a holistic view of the impact technology is having on student learning across the curriculum. This approach is vital in evaluating the impact technology is having and supporting our future planning with regards professional learning and research projects. 

Methods include: 

  • Department conversations
  • Digital Health Checks
  • Surveys 
  • Learning walks 
  • Lesson observations
  • Quality Assurance
  • Research Projects
  • Student Voice
  • Results Analysis

By seeking the feedback from students, teachers, support staff and parents we create a shared approach to measuring success that ensures the students remain at the heart of everything we do and that we are doing everything possible to ensure our vision becomes a reality.

Find out more about how we evaluate our success here.

What’s Next?

Students will always be at the heart of our future planning and we are currently looking at how we build upon the innovation of the last year and what lessons we have learned from a period of working even more closely with technology.

We have set up an Innovation Team to reflect on this and they are currently exploring:

  • Online asynchronous courses to support blended learning methods, in particular for independent learning.
  • Remote working practices for meetings, parents evenings and professional learning.
  • Supporting departments to build virtual and augmented reality opportunities into their curriculum where appropriate and supporting staff with how this might unlock new and exciting opportunities for our learners.