ST SWITHUN’S School, which is celebrating its 140th anniversary, has been nominated for the Tes School Awards which recognises the best across the country. 

The school has been shortlisted in the best use of technology category for its work to provide financial education to sixth-form students using educational technology platforms.

Over the last year the sixth form, supervised by Nick Fyfe and with the help of Jane Portas, has  worked on unique ways of providing pupils with an online financial education platform. 

The platform, ThinkMoney ThinkLife, was built on the research of Ms Portas. Her work identifies six crucial life stages where financial decisions could significantly impact the future. 

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The programme was built to equip young women with the knowledge and skills needed to manage their finances correctly throughout their lives. 

Headmistress Jane Gandee said: “We are delighted to be nominated, we are passionate about developing strong, independent women with the confidence to take risks in the real world.”

Mr Fyfe said: “Financial learning is a vital life skill that remains a significant gap in the curriculum for most schools, we are delighted to be in the vanguard of addressing this through this innovative new platform.”

Ms Portas said: “ThinkMoney, ThinkLife has a unique flexibility which allows young people to access interactive, real-life learning at their own pace, providing them with a grounding to secure a life of financial independence.

“I am delighted that the students have been a part of the ThinkMoney, ThinkLife launch and that we can celebrate the recognition of not only the importance of financial education, but also for them to lead in the innovation of delivering the learning through a web-based platform.” 

The winners for each category will be announced on June 21 at the Grosvenor Hotel, in London.