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A Worcestershire primary school has access to worldwide learning – thanks to some local generosity.
Pupils at Chaddesley Corbett Endowed Primary School, near Kidderminster, have been gifted laptops and computers to help their learning and make the school fully connected after their head teacher appealed for support.
Brockencote Hall Hotel, which is just half a mile from the school, heard about the school’s plight and – through the Rigby Foundation – stepped in to supply the computers, worth £50,000.
The new equipment is now used in day-to-day lessons, has allowed the school to create new learning pods and ensure it is fully connected to a wide range of learning platforms.
Emma James, Head of the school, said the gift of 30 desktop and 30 laptop computers had revolutionised technology at the school.
She said: “When I took over the school we had little or no computer resources which was just not acceptable as they are such a powerful tool for learning.
“I explored different ways of funding some improvements to the situation, but that is not easy in the current climate.
“I was lucky enough to speak to Sir Peter Rigby, who owns Brockencote Hall, and explain how we are trying to drive the school forward and make improvements that would really bring benefits to our pupils and therefore the local community.
“I hoped his foundation may support us, but I was amazed when I heard back that it would fund all our IT needs. To say we are very grateful is a massive understatement as this has transformed learning in the school.
“The gift has made a huge difference as there were so many learning domains we could not access which are now open to all our pupils.
“We cannot thank Brockencote Hall, the Rigby Foundation and Sir Peter enough. It is a wonderful gesture.”
Sir Peter, CEO and Chairman of the Rigby Group, which contains the Eden Hotel Collection and Europe’s largest independent IT company SCC, said: “Our businesses are, and have always been, active in their local communities. We understand the importance of those local communities in the success of what we do.
“When through Brockencote Hall we heard and then saw how Chaddesley Corbett School was served in terms of IT, we looked how we could help.
“Emma is working hard to make improvements to school. Online learning is a vital part of modern education and clearly pupils were not able to maximise their learning opportunities.
“Hopefully that is now resolved and the youngsters can take full advantage of the technology. We are delighted to have been able to help.”
Cllr Marcus Hart, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council, toured the school to see the how the investment had been spent.
He said: “It is wonderful that a local business such as Brockencote Hall has seen how it can help the local community and acted.
“The gift from the Rigby Foundation has made a huge difference to the learning capability of pupils and the educational connectivity of the school. The school can rightly be very proud of its IT offer.”
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