Laptops to help some of a school’s most vulnerable pupils have been donated by the Rotary Club of Bedford Park in an initiative organised by the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Susan Lousanda.
The project to tackle digital poverty saw iPads and laptops delivered to Ridgeway School to allow pupils to access online resources and complete work.
Andrew Munday Headteacher at Ridgeway School said, “Ridgeway School is most grateful to the Rotary Club of Bedford Park for the donation of these digital devices for use by our most vulnerable pupils.
“Many of our children find it hard to access online learning and the availability of the devices can only help their educational progress during these most difficult of times.”
Cllr James Valentine, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services and Education said, “We are so grateful to Rotary Club of Bedford Park, Bedfordshire Learning Link, and Susan Lousada the High Sheriff for their generous gift.
“We place the highest priority on our children with special needs and these laptops are finding a good home. And special thanks to our Virtual School who have been responsible for ascertaining the demand of these devices at Ridgeway and to schools across the Borough.”
Susan Lousada, High Sheriff of Bedfordshire said, “Bedfordshire Learning Link wish to give all children in Bedfordshire access to digital devices to help them fulfil their academic potential and gain skills for the workplace. We are currently focusing on secondary schools, high schools and special schools but hope to expand further as more funds become available.”
Local groups supporting the initiative include:
Rotary Club of Bedford Park
Bedford and Luton Community Foundation
Personal donations from several generous residents of Bedfordshire