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A teacher at a Sheffield academy has developed what is believed to be the country’s first school app.

Adil Nasim, an ICT teacher at Sheffield Park Academy on the Manor, developed the software for students to download on to their phones.

It gives users an insight into the academy, letting them look at an online prospectus outlining sixth form courses, a news section, a calendar of events including holidays, and a contact section so students and parents can get in touch with the school by email.

School policies, and a link to the academy’s website and Twitter feed, are also included.

There is also a section dedicated to Sheffield Park Academy’s nominated charity, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, enabling users to download the charity single Stand Together that was performed by students last year.

Adil said: “The initial aim of the app was to help promote the academy’s sixth form and the range of courses on offer but, as the project progressed, we realised the app had the potential to provide so much more.

“It’s a fantastic marketing tool and helps to provide instant information about the academy.”

Headteacher Craig Dillon added: “We believe we are the first school in the country to create its own bespoke app in-house and it’s thanks to Adil that we are once again leading the way, providing the latest information about the academy at the touch of a button.”

The new app is free to download online.

Adil has also been nominated for The Star’s Best In Education awards.

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