Pupils prove class act in nationwide online project

Pictured are (left to right): pupil Parris Wray-Rixon, rapper George The Poet and pupil Naomi Hartshorne:
Pictured are (left to right): pupil Parris Wray-Rixon, rapper George The Poet and pupil Naomi Hartshorne:

Pupils at St Leonard’s Academy proved they are a class act after being named one of the top performing schools in the UK for helping people to get online.

The accolade was bestowed on the school at a huge summer pop concert in London earlier this month - the culmination of the BT Digital Champions initiative.

Rock Assembly took place at Wembley Arena last Wednesday (July 9) in association with The Transformation Trust.

It rewards schoolchildren across the country who have become BT Digital Champions scheme by helping to reduce the number of adults who are not yet online.

Students worked with members of the community to help them learn about working online.

The Academy was one of seven schools to make the final out of 111 who took part across the country.

Pupils were excited to celebrate their success with their friends and enjoy performances from pop acts including Professor Green, Conor Maynard, Ella Eyre and Misha B.

A lucky few from the school were also invited back-stage to meet and have their pictures taken with rapper George The Poet and other stars.

BT Digital Champions aims to help some of the six million UK adults who are not online to learn new skills with the help of schoolchildren across the country.

So far almost 40,000 pupils aged 11 to 19 years have signed up to pledge an hour of their time to help people in their community learn how to use social media, online services such as banking and shopping, and how to look for a job, amongst other useful tips and tricks.

Anna Easton, programme director of BT Connected Society, said: “It’s hard to imagine but there are more than six million people in the UK who have never been online and many of them are older or unemployed.

“Schoolchildren today have a natural affinity with technology and we want to encourage them to share their skills with the people in their local communities who stand to gain most.

“Becoming a digital champion transforms the children too because they realise they can make a difference.”

BT and children’s charity The Transformation Trust are asking teachers nationwide to sign up to get young people in schools and colleges involved in the BT Digital Champions programme.

The initiative is part of BT’s Connected Society programme and aims to build the confidence and competence of individuals to get online and get more out of life.