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School’s campaign for more tablets for children

With school budgets under increasing pressure due to rising costs, Brandesburton Primary School has launched a fundraising campaign to provide a new set of tablets to enhance its children’s learning.

With their current IT provision becoming outdated, the school is reaching out to the local community for help with its fundraising so it can purchase a class set of 33 new tablets – one for every child.

The school has been overwhelmed with the response it has received to date and has thanked all those who have supported the initiative so far.

It is now appealing to businesses for their help in raising the rest of the funds needed for the tablets with the hope they can be in place in the classroom by January.

Headteacher Lucy Northen told the Wolds Weekly they would be grateful for any amount of help.

She said: “As with all schools up and down the country, we are facing extreme pressure on our school budget.

“Rising costs across the board and the fact that we have an old school building add to the pressures and we will not compromise on our children receiving an outstanding, quality education.

“This means that we have had to look at alternative ways to help find the money for the IT resources needed to be able to deliver our curriculum.

“Our current IT has become outdated and we do not have tablets for a full class to use and so this fundraising is to enable us to purchase a full class set of tablets for every child to be able to access.

“We have reached out to parents and local businesses and the response we have received so far has been phenomenal.”

Governor Ed Neilson is extremely passionate about the school and said the response from the local community shows the high regard in which the school is held.

“We recognise that budgets are tight for everybody right now and so we have asked for support of around £200 for a tablet,” he added.

“Parents and the local community have responded very quickly and it means we don’t have to compromise on the excellent level of education our children at Brandesburton receive because of the budget.

“Our pupils are the future of this area because many of them will remain living and working here and the generosity of the local community reflects the importance of the school to local residents and businesses.”

Year 5 pupils Ruby and Izzy said new tablets would allow them to work more efficiently.

Ruby said: “We can lose five minutes of a lesson waiting for the current iPads to load and we could get more learning done in this time.”

Izzy added: “If more than one class needs the iPads, we have to share around a table but if we had a full set, we could all use them and that would mean we can complete our work more quickly.”

Miss Northen added that the school is also looking to expand its fundraising to support it in replacing its hall floor as well as work to upgrade the Foundation Stage outside play area.

She added: “Everybody in our whole school community works incredibly hard and gives everything they can give to ensure our children receive the very best education.

“We are incredibly grateful for all the support we have received so far and any further help that anyone can give us towards the tablets or any other part of our fundraising, whether that be a business who can help with our hall floor or outside area in Foundation Stage or anyone with ideas or help with ongoing fundraising such as raffles and tombolas, we would really appreciate it.”

If anyone can help Brandesburton Primary School with their fundraising ideas, please contact the school office on 01964 542472 or email brands@eastriding.gov.uk

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