Laptops donated to Bedford school as part of initiative to tackle digital poverty

Ridgeway School receives gift from rotary club

By Clare Turner
Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 11:27 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 11:30 am

Ridgeway School in Kempston has been given 12 digital devices thanks to the Rotary Club of Bedford Park.

The gift is part of an initiative to tackle digital poverty across Bedfordshire and has been organised by the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Susan Lousada.

With more resources and work being carried out online and using devices, the eight iPads and four laptops will allow the schoolchildren to access additional material.

Andrew Munday, headteacher at Ridgeway School, Cllr James Valentine, the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Susan Lousada, flanked by two members of the rotary club

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.”

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.”