Laptops in Lockdown

Knaresborough Rotarians have donated new laptops to King James’s School Knaresborough, Boroughbridge High School, Nidderdale High School Pateley Bridge, Goldsborough School, Scotton Lingerfield School and Staveley School.

Pupils at Goldsborough School inspect their new laptops

Schools continue to benefit from Rotary’s legacy fund.

A generous legacy left by the late Alan Waugh, a retired teacher, has enabled Rotary in Knaresborough to donate laptops to local schools to help with home learning.

Knaresborough Rotarians have given new laptops to King James’s School in Knaresborough, Boroughbridge High School, Nidderdale High School at Pateley Bridge, Goldsborough School, Scotton Lingerfield School and Staveley School.

Working with Harrogate Rotary, Brigantes Rotary and Rotary in Wensleydale, laptops have also been donated to Harrogate Schools and to Wensleydale School in Leyburn.

Knaresborough Rotary negotiated a deal with Currys PC World, who have been very supportive of the project enabling 57 devices to be donated to schools in North Yorkshire.

The Headteacher at Nidderdale High School, Ms K Jordan, said “We are very grateful to the Knaresborough Rotarians for the laptops.  We are to be able to get these much needed resources to our students who are, at the moment, trying to complete school work at home on mobile phones, or sharing laptops with other siblings and other family members”.

The pandemic has had an enormous impact on education. For many, traditional face to face classroom teaching has been replaced by online learning as ‘lockdowns’ and isolation have required. But not everyone has access to the internet, schools are struggling to provide enough tablets and laptops for pupil’s home working.  A local teacher wrote,

Some of our most disadvantaged families cannot afford to provide technology for their children and therefore these students are missing out on their online learning, not accessing their lessons and falling further behind their peers