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IPACA Finalists In International Competition

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7:33am 27th September 2016

A group of students from Portland's IPACA will be flying the flag for Dorset in America.

A team of IPACA 'Gateway Learners' have been selected as finalists for the International Schools of the Future Competition to be held in Philadelphia, USA.

The learners from the Portland Academy have headed off competition from over 3,000 learners representing nearly 100 school districts from schools around the globe. 

Speaking about the achievement, Head of King Barrow School at IPACA, Gary Spracklen explains, 'This is a real sign of approval for IPACA. To be recognised in such a prestigious International Competition is beyond all our expectations'.

The competition challenges learners from across the globe to think creatively as they plan and design tomorrow's 21st century learning environments to enhance innovative ways of teaching and learning, be healthy, conserve resources, be environmentally responsive and engage the surrounding community.

Head of Admiralty School at the Portland Academy, Katrina Axford who recently joined the Portland school from Australia, explains,

'Recognition in this competition is a huge stamp of approval for our Project Based approach to Learning. It shows how we go into greater depth here at IPACA - allowing learners to master the skills they need to succeed in today's global economy'.

Amy Pommels, Maia Hendrie and Kira Morrison, Year 7 learners from the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy will fly to Philadelphia today (Tuesday 27th September) for the final leg of the competition.

They will be supported remotely by classmate Georgia Cade.

They will present their ideas to a panel of education experts, professors and leading thinkers in the field of school design and implementation.

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