Budbrooke Primary School grateful for laptop donation to help pupils home learning

The donation was made by a housing developer building new homes in the area

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 6:22 am
Angela Nurse, sales manager for Bellway South Midlands, and Craig McKee, Head Teacher at Budbrooke Primary School in Hampton Magna. Photo supplied

Staff at a primary school near Warwick have said they are grateful for a donation of laptops, which will be used to help pupils with home learning.

Bellway South Midlands, which is building new homes at Hampton Trove, off Daly Avenue in Hampton Magna donated two Chromebooks the equipment to Budbrooke Primary School to assist the school with any pupils still needing to learn from home.

The school is currently teaching 110 to 130 children remotely each day, while 80 to 100 pupils who are either vulnerable or children of key workers are attending on site.

Headteacher of Budbrooke Primary School, Craig McKee, said: “The last year has been difficult for children, parents and teachers.

"We have had to change our curriculum to make sure that none of the children miss out, whether they attend school or are working from home.

“A lot of our teaching recently has been done through online quizzes.

"This is a way that the children have been able to take part in activities and for the teachers to monitor their progress – otherwise we drop off paper packs to their homes, which is difficult logistically and makes it harder for the students to submit work.

“We’ve been speaking to families at least once a week, and from these conversations we can tell which students need extra support – which is where the donation of the Chromebooks will help.

"We are finding that a lot of siblings are having to share a computer and some others have not got access to one at all.

“Having access to online work is very important for the children and anything that allows them to do that is a big benefit, especially at this time where they could potentially miss out on a large chunk of their education.”

Bellway South Midlands is currently constructing two, three and four-bedroom homes at Hampton Trove. It is set to launch in the spring.

Elaine Brown, Head of Sales for Bellway South Midlands, said: “Understandably, the past year has been a very difficult time for teachers and pupils, which is why we wanted to make this donation and show our support to Budbrooke Primary School.

“This Chromebook donation will mean that more children will have access to the school’s online work and teachers will be able to give them the extra help that is needed right now.

“School staff and parents have worked hard to provide the best possible education for pupils at Budbrooke Primary School, and we hope that this donation will go a long way in helping them continue to achieve this goal.”