Who dares wins on the swot team

3rd January 1997 at 00:00
Pupils at a Leicestershire school gave up two days of their holidays to do a spot of Christmas swotting.

King Edward VII Upper School in Melton Mowbray opened its doors on the Monday before Christmas to give keen pupils access to the school's computer facilities.

The programme, nicknamed SAS (Supporting Achievement of Students) was repeated on Monday, and builds on the success of an earlier experiment in the Easter holidays.

The school already runs twice- weekly homework clubs, and decided to extend the out-of-hours sessions in response to requests from pupils. "It's all about the creative use of facilities and getting students to work independently and to take more responsibility for their own work," says Kath Lee, head of resources. "The feedback from the students has been very positive."

Around 10 per cent of year 10 and 11 pupils have taken advantage of the scheme, which enables them to catch up on course work and prepare for exams with supervision and support from volunteer teachers. Headteacher Ken Walsh hopes to expand the scheme to run at weekends during term-time. "We are in a rural location and those students need to make the best use of the hours in the school day."

He believes that giving pupils extra opportunities to use new technology encourages them to organise their studying and is an ideal preparation for the world of work.

"I am sure that this is the way for the future. It's not just about raising standards, it's about changing their way of learning."

The school's recently redesigned independent learning centre boasts 60 workstations, and for many of the pupils it is an invaluable resource. For sixth-former Neil Smith it provides a chance to polish off some programming for his computing A-level.

"I don't have a computer at home so this really helps. The computers here are fast and there aren't so many people using them."

Adrian Molloy, 14, was putting the finishing touches to a questionnaire as part of a design project. "This is really good - it gives you a chance to catch up on homework and assignments. If I wasn't here I would probably be having a lie-in."

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today