A LEYLAND high school has introduced its own search engine which helps boost their coffers by just getting their pupils and staff to search the internet.
Wellfield Business and Enterprise College on Yewlands Drive have linked up with search engine Easysearch to ensure every time they look up the world wide web they can be making some money.
Instead of using Google or other search engines, people can raise around £20 a year by completing just 10 searches a day.
People just log onto http://wellfieldbec.easysearch.org.uk from the school or at home.
Headteacher Piers Tolson said: “Whilst this idea will not address all school’s financial worries, it is one of the creative solutions that school’s may explore in the current economic climate to offset the cuts to public sector and allow us to reinvest back into the school.
“We have employed someone at school who has to come up with ideas of bringing money into the school.
“One of the things that she has done is introduce our own Iphone app to let people know about the school and keep them up to date about closures and more information.
“We have been linked to the search engine for the past six or seven months and we will be waiting to see how it goes.
“It is costing us nothing to provide and depending on how many people use it then it could be viable in our school.
Easysearch gives among the best search results available on web by combining the strengths of search engines such as Yahoo, Bing and many more.
School officials hope that the 465 pupils will use the site from as well so they can maximise their hits.
Mr Tolson added: “I think that more schools may follow our example and be able to make use of the website.
“Easysearch will send us a cheque at the end of each year and they claim their money from the amount of hits their advertisers get from their web-sites.
“If our children are finding that it is successful then they may decide to use it from home which will maximise our potential money.”
The school have also been coming up with ideas of using technology to teach lessons with on-line study support.
Mr Tolson added: “We also have lots of rooms at school that are bookable for functions and events.
“Now, people are using our website to hire them out and it means that we are not having people taking time out from their jobs to sort it.
“We can also get them to put on any notes if they want us to provide refreshments which is great.”
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