Durrington school pupils design mobile phone apps

Durrington High School pupils making apps for mobile phones
Durrington High School pupils making apps for mobile phones

The world of mobile phone app designing has been experienced by students at Durrington High School.

A group of keen computer users at the school, in The Boulevard, Durrington, has embarked on a nine-week after-school app designing course run by Robert Mitchell of Thales, a global technology and engineering company, and teacher Chloe Gardner.

The students, from all year groups, have been learning about apps for android mobile phones and how they work, with a view to designing their own using specialist software.

Mrs Gardner said: “The app designing course has really allowed students to develop their existing ICT skills further. They have been able to use software they have never used before and many students have improved their confidence with using a variety of programs. 

“The benefits to the students have been clear and they have thoroughly enjoyed the session and all look forward to having their Apps available on their android phones soon.”

The apps designed by the students include games, such as a version of the popular “whack-a-mole”.

Mr Mitchell said: “The course has been an excellent success and the students have been very enthusiastic about it. It has allowed them to learn more about programming in a more interesting way and they are looking forward to having their own apps on their android phones.”

Earlier this month, the school also held its first Chirstmas fayre, featuring stalls selling jewellery, cakes, gifts and handicrafts. There was also face painting and a chance to meet Father Christmas.

Karen Purser, community and enterprise manager at the school, said: “This was our first-ever Christmas fayre and it proved a great success, raising more than £800 towards supporting the dance and drama students’ entry into this year’s Global Rock Challenge.

“There was a great atmosphere and the feedback we received on the day was very positive.”