Middlewich Rd, Rudheath, Northwich CW9 7DT

Laptop Donations To Support Rudheath Pupils

Pupils across Year 7 – Year 11 at The Rudheath Senior Academy are to benefit from generous donations of laptops made by local businesses, colleges and members of the public.

The school’s trust sponsor, North West Academies Trust (NWAT), is continuing to spearhead a campaign to help ensure children across Cheshire and Shropshire have access to a laptop for home-schooling.

At RSA, school leaders had identified approximately 130 pupils without access to a suitable digital device to access remote learning as teachers are work hard to maintain the highest possible standard of education during lockdown by delivering lessons online.

With over 50 donations to Rudheath, all pupils will have access to a suitable digital device to ensure they have equal access to a high standard of remote education.

NWAT appealed to fellow schools, businesses and individuals asking them to donate devices which could make a huge difference to families in the area.

The drive has been a huge success, and is well on the way to ensuring every pupil at the trust’s eight schools will soon enjoy tuition over the internet.

Now NWAT have extended the campaign with the aim of helping pupils at other local schools. They have offered to pay for used laptops to be reconditioned, and act as a distribution centre.

CEO Steve Docking said: “The majority of our pupils have been able to get access to an appropriate device, and our most vulnerable pupils received a free laptop thanks to support from the Department for Education. In addition to this, we distributed devices owned by the schools where they were needed.

“But despite all these efforts, an audit found there were still 150 families in need of additional equipment.

“It’s not always easy to ask for help, but in difficult times you have to dig deep. We couldn’t stand by and allow pupils to miss out, so we have asked people to donate any devices gathering dust at home or at work.

“We have been delighted with the response. Genuinely, I was overwhelmed by the generosity which quickly filled the void at our schools and inspired us to continue the push to help other families in similar situations.

“Our own members of staff have donated devices, and we have asked for donations from our parents too.

“We’d be extremely grateful if everyone could have a look in the back of their cupboard and see if they have an unwanted laptop, because it could make a huge difference to a child at this difficult time.”

NWAT has pledged to collect all the devices, and get them professionally wiped and new software installed. The trust will work with other local schools to distribute laptops where they are needed.

Donations can be made at all NWAT schools, between 9am-3pm. Please observe social distancing guidelines and wear a protective mask when visiting a school.

Picture: Julie-Ann Wilson, Deputy Head Teacher, and Jack Jevons, Business Manager, handover donated laptops to Year 7 pupils.