Lewis shows an aptitude for apps


A Somerset teenager has become one of the youngest app developers in Europe.

Lewis Smallwood, a year 9 pupil at Clevedon School in North Somerset, has created an iPad app called the Clevedon School Handbook – and it has been accepted by Apple’s App Store. 

Designed to help new year 7s settle into the school, the free app features everything from an interactive map of the school site to the rules and regulations. It has already been downloaded by more than 300 people.

“It all started when Lewis was in year 8,” Mark Anderson, leader of digital learning at Clevedon School, told SecEd.

“His dream was to have an app in Apple’s App Sore. We talked about what he could do and collectively we came up with the idea of an app containing everything that year 7s need to know when they arrive at the school.”

The entrepreneurial student raised the money to buy his own iMac computer by building websites in his spare time. He was then able to work on the app at home as well as at school.

Lewis, who has already achieved a grade A in his Award in Digital Applications (AiDA) qualification, is now working on his next project, which involves embedding the school radio station output in an app.

He is also one of 30 digital leaders at the school and regularly offers advice to teachers and students.

“Lewis has got real grit and determination,” said Mr Anderson. “Developing an app is hard, particularly building in the GPS, but he kept plugging away with it. He has got a very bright future ahead of him.”


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