Student at West Exe? There's an app for that
STUDENTS and parents can now keep up to date with goings-on at a city secondary school by using a groundbreaking new iPhone, iPad and Android app.
The app has been exclusively designed for West Exe Technology College by Exeter-based software developers Rokk Media.
It provides 'real-time' news and information for parents, students and friends of the school in Hatherleigh Road.
West Exe is the first secondary school in Exeter to launch its own mobile app, which it is hoped will lead to closer links between the college, parents and the wider community.
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Acting headteacher Vicki Carah said: "We are always seeking to engage with the community, and the new mobile app will make it easier than ever before for people to stay in touch with West Exe anywhere, any time."
Rokk Media managing director Adam Stone – a West Exe parent – designed the app free of charge. He and his team produced an app which they believe is among the best developed for any school in the UK.
He said: "It has always been our policy to support the community of Exeter wherever possible, and as my daughter is also a pupil at West Exe, I approached them with the idea of developing their very own mobile app.
"They saw the potential straight away and after initially working with students and teachers to decide the kind of content which would benefit them I put our in-house designers and engineers to work with a brief to deliver the best app of its kind anywhere.
"Working with West Exe has been a real joy and we can't wait to see the app being used on a daily basis."
Full of information, news, videos and photos, the app shows the best of West Exe and will continue to provide regular updates for all its users.
It is hoped that working in partnership with Rokk Media will boost interest in science, technology, engineering and maths and ICT subjects at West Exe.
And using the app could inspire current and future students to work in the digital media industry and maybe even be a part of Rokk Media's fast-growing team.
Two former students were involved in the production of the app. Tristan Stone, who left in 1998, is technical director and heads up the software engineering team at Rokk Media, and Hannah Ackford, who left in 2005, heads the company's marketing and customer service department.
The Stoke Hill Federation of Schools has also launched its own app. It is free of charge to parents on iPhone and Android, and will soon be available on Windows and Blackberry phones.
The app enables parents to stay in touch with school, giving term dates, news, events and general information.
A spokesman said: "With the publication of their smart phone app Stoke Hill Schools demonstrate that they are comfortable with the new technology and are encouraging their pupils to be comfortable too."