Forest Town school reaches final of prestigious GCSE 'Games'

Staff and pupils at Forest Town’s Garibaldi School are celebrating after beating more than 115 other schools to make it through to the finals of a prestigious web-based competition.

By Shelley Marriott
Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 4:18 pm

The school has progressed through the regional rounds to book its place in the GCSE Pod Games Grand Finals.

GCSE Pod offers a range of educational resources to students, including thousands of short videos covering every topic and course available.

There are also helpful multiple choice-style questions called ‘Check and Challenge’.

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Pictured are Garibaldi School pupils Alex Burrows, Lehana Norman, Temiloluwa Egberongbe and Kieran Thompson.

Over the Easter break almost 1,500 Pods were watched, mainly by the school’s Year 11s – which currently puts Garibaldi in first place.

The competition ends on July 1 and, so far, there are a number of students who have watched more than 1,000 Pods each.

James Aldred, head of school, said: “This is an incredible achievement. It has been wonderful to achieve such success on this new platform.

“We hope our students continue to keep ‘podding’ as it will help achieve higher standards in all lessons.

“Pupils can support us by downloading the GCSE Pod app on your phone and keep logging in and watching those ever-helpful Pods.

“The majority of videos are under five minutes long, so it’s super easy to watch a few each week, especially on topics you want to revise up on.

“Just a friendly reminder that every student has an account and if anyone runs into difficulties, please do not hesitate to ask for help off any member of staff.

“Well done on a simply fantastic achievement. Now let’s go and chase that trophy.”