Creative learning app launched by former Thurston pupil named one of the best

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An educational app developed by a former Thurston Community College pupil, has been chosen by The Guardian as one of its apps of the week.

Joshua Davidson from Beyton was studying his masters degree in digital art at Norwich Art School when he had the idea for a Night Zookeeper website.

“I had an art project which turned into a business,” he said,

“The idea was for a website to help children create their own magical animal.

“We have a purple octo-cow and a honey zebra. It is hugely educational.

“The children write their own story to accompany their animal and it encourages them to be creative.”

Josh co-founded the business, based in London, with a primary school teacher Paul Hutson who he met through university.

The business moved into app development and launched a second app Night Zookeeper Teleporting Torch on iPad last week.

The new app sets children daily drawing missions, which can also be set by parents and stored in the cloud for safekeeping.

The app was featured in The Guardian’s 20 best apps of the week.

“I think it is amazing,” said Josh.

“When you create something like this the most important thing is that people find it and the whole team is really excited.”

Night Zookeeper also aims its software at parents and teachers as a learning tool.

It employs a small team of just five.

The success of the app means it has now secured £160,000 for its next projects.

It aims to launch the app on android and iPhone around September as well as a new website.