Keeping up with school by mobile

Dyke House school pupils Matthew Watson and Jade McWilliam with the phone app
Dyke House school pupils Matthew Watson and Jade McWilliam with the phone app

PUPILS and parents have the app-ortunity to keep on top of school events at the touch of a button on a mobile phone.

Creative youngsters from Dyke House Sports and Technology College have been hard at work designing the school’s own phone app.

Staff at the school say the app is the first of its kind in the town and it is already available to download free of charge for smartphone users from iTunes or the Android store.

Once downloaded and logged on, pupils will be able to check out upcoming events in the school.

The app also lets youngsters and their parents log on to the school’s newspaper and users can also receive exclusive offers.

Hard-working Year 7, 8 and 9 students from the after-school media club have been busy in the classroom in preparation for a number of months.

Rob Byrne, assistant headteacher at the school in Hartlepool’s Mapleton Road, has been working closely with the talented youngsters.

Mr Byrne said: “We have got a big media outlet at the school and we wanted to ensure we were moving along with technology, so we got to work on designing the app.

“It’s looking great, the students have been fantastic.

“I think it’s going to be really useful for children and their parents.

“Not only can they access the school news publications and new radio station we are set to launch but they will also be able to receive offers for the use of the leisure facilities when we move into the new school next year.

“Polls will also be published on the app so parents can vote on things such as school uniform.

“It’s all looking really promising.”

The students who designed the app can constantly make changes and developments at the touch of a button on a website from their classroom.

Mr Byrne added: “I thought it would be good for the younger students to work on it because it is something they can see through.

“Then in years to come new students can get involved.”

The introduction of the new app comes at an exciting time for the young media enthusiasts at the school.

In the coming weeks they are set to launch their new radio station.

Dyke House College Radio will be streamed on the school’s website and through the new app.