Wednesday, April 8, 2015

News: Clifton Ready Hub website is launched

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Enterprising Rotherham students have been learning new skills by creating a new website to share their own projects.

The Clifton Ready Hub is part of the Rotherham Ready initiative which supports children and young people to take part in enterprise activities in their schools. It is made up of four primary schools in the Clifton area of Rotherham and there are three other Ready Hubs across Rotherham.

The Clifton Ready Hub website was created by the primary children from Herringthorpe Infants, Herringthorpe Juniors, St. Ann's and Badsley Moor Lane Primary Schools, working with staff and students from Rotherham College.

Computing Level 3 students from the college went in to the schools and spent time with both the students and staff, teaching them how to maintain the website by adding and changing the content. The students all worked closely together resulting in a website that students, from age 5 to 11 years, can manage themselves.

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Launching the website at the college's Wharncliffe Restaurant, The Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr John Foden, said: "Projects like the Clifton Ready Hub website are inspiring and a great example of internet technology having very strong and positive effects on bringing people together, across the ages and increasing skills and giving us an enterprising outlook online."

The Hub project wasn't part of the teaching programme at the College for the students; they did this in their own time to help develop valuable skills that they don’t get from learning in the classroom by interacting with others that aren't as knowledgeable in web design.

Ken Merry, head of the Business, Computing and Education Departments at Rotherham College, said: "This website is testament for all the hard work and effort that not only have our students put in, but the students from the primary schools have done. I think it has been mutually beneficial project."

The Clifton Ready Hub website will now be used to share successes within the schools with the full responsibility being given over to the schools, however the College will be there to support if anything is needed.

Jackie Frost, enterprise projects manager at Rotherham Council, said: "We are delighted that the schools involved in the Clifton Ready Hub have worked in partnership with Rotherham College to create a website which will allow pupils to showcase the progression of enterprise activity across this learning community. This project has provided a platform where students, from the age of 5 to 19 years, have been able to share and learn new skills by working as a team towards a common goal.

"The website is just the start of the relationship between the Clifton Ready Hub schools and Rotherham College and we look forward to seeing their how their future collaborations develop."

Clifton Ready Hub website
Rotherham Ready website
Rotherham College website

Images: Rotherham College

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