Editor’s Note: Recently we announced the winners of our global Gone Google ad contest. Today’s featured winners are the pupils and staff of Oakwood Junior School in Southampton, U.K.

Oakwood Junior School is a junior school for boys and girls, situated in Lordswood, Southampton. The school has 240 pupils from the age of 7 to 11. We have over 300 Google Apps users and after just twelve months we rely heavily on Google Apps for the day-to-day running of the school.

We’re using Google Apps for Education for all of our pupils and members of staff. Within the school, pupils as young as 7 are able to vote for their House Captains with Google forms. They also use shared folders in Google Docs to share and store information to help them manage their micro-businesses selling biscuits. In addition, our teachers and administrative staff can arrange appointments and events with Google Calendar and staff bulletins are posted and stored using Google Sites. We’ve been able to survey our Year 6 pupils with Google forms which provided instant feedback to their teachers.

We also use Google Apps to communicate and collaborate outside the school - we share meeting agendas and minutes with our school Governors with Google Docs and this year, nearly 50% of parents booked parent-teacher meetings online using Google forms.

Our school’s strength in information technology has been externally recognised by OFSTED, the schools’ inspectorate. We have recommended Google Apps to local schools, and four other primaries in Southampton are now using Google Apps - and others are joining too!

Posted by Ian Taylor, Headteacher, Oakwood Junior School