Laptop gift boosts learning at St John’s Academy in Coleford

Sixteen brand-new donated laptops will help pupils at Saint John’s Church of England Academy in Coleford learn essential skills for the future.

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The laptops have been donated by leading social housing provider Stonewater which recently delivered 62 affordable homes at Thurstan’s Rise, developer David Wilson Homes’ 156-home development at Owen Farm.

Two laptops will be placed in each class and will be used by pupils across the school aged four to 11 years old. The children will be using the laptops for a range of educational activities, from typing up pieces of work for displays, to playing educational games and researching information for their topic work on the internet. The laptops will also provide the children with an opportunity to learn coding.

“Although children have access to technology at home, it’s essential that they have the skills to use it effectively as a tool which supports and enhances their learning – from researching to mental maths and critical thinking skills,” says Clare Bray, Development Manager at Stonewater.

“As a responsible housing provider, we are committed to giving back to the communities in which we build. We are delighted to have been able to donate these laptops to St John’s and hope the children enjoy working on them.”

Stonewater currently owns and manages 62 homes in the Forest of Dean district and is currently building 18 affordable homes in Lydney.

Headteacher David Le Templier says: “We are thrilled to receive these laptops as they’ll provide such valuable learning opportunities for the children at the school. They’ll bring a new sense of excitement to our curriculum and I’m looking forward to seeing the children using them to enhance their IT skills in class. A huge thanks to Stonewater and our amazing school PTA for their hard work in securing this donation.”