Schoolhouse of the Month: Wrenn School

Author: Laura Martin, comms and programme manager

We are lucky to work with some of the most creative and ingenious teachers you can find. Here, you'll discover the amazing work that our Schoolhouses do and hopefully, learn more about this amazing community of schools, colleges and libraries.

Our Schoolhouse of the Month is Wrenn School. Led by lead teacher Claire Gryspreedt, Wrenn has not only continued to advocate for the programme, but it has also championed and taken part in numerous activities including the Mobo Game Jam and Junior esports tournament. Here's what Claire had to say when we interviewed them...

1. How long have you been a Schoolhouse?

Wrenn School has been on the programme for 3 years.

2. What game are you currently enjoying and why?

I'm currently playing Voice of Cards: The Isle of Dragon Roars. I play this game because it is immersive, plus it's a different board playing experience to virtual world. It's role-playing and story-led, with different side quests as you progress through the game to make it harder or simpler.

3. What do you love about being a teacher?

I love being creative, talking about my passion for games/computers and putting it into context that the younger generation can relate to. Providing this experience, in a safe environment to explore new technology and how our society will change in years to come due to the advancement of my field.

4. What's your favourite light-bulb or creative moment as a teacher? 

Using little stories and images to sum up keywords or topics in an exam. I also like using memory palaces to get across a lot of information in one image for retrieval.

5. What have you enjoyed the most as a teacher so far this year?

Using gameplay to link subject topics that students use day in day out. For example, using examples of roles such as a  gamer, programmer, roles which review game stories, mechanics, artistry, and so much more. It's not all about playing the game.