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Local businesses and groups help schoolchildren with lockdown learning Posted On 26 February 2021

Community rallies to help pupils in Stamford with online lockdown learning


Stamford businesses, charities and individuals have all rallied to help The Bluecoat School in Stamford after staff discovered that not every family had access and the necessary equipment for online home-schooling.

To date, almost £12,000 and several laptops have been donated to the school on Green Lane in Stamford. The school, which has over 200 pupils and an Outstanding rating from Ofsted, found, like many schools over lockdown, that not every pupil could take part in online learning so they made an appeal to the local community.

Burghley Park Golf Club. Stamford Kiwanis, Stamford Bridge Club and BGL Group were some of the businesses that rallied to the call alongside individuals and other charities. Stamford Kiwanis donated an incredible £10,000 to the cause, which enabled 47 pupils access to online learning.

Jo Willis, a member of the Stamford Kiwanis, said: “It is amazing that we are able to help so many pupils at this difficult time.

“I only wish we could do more. That’s why the Stamford Kiwanis is launching an appeal to raise even more support from local residents and businesses, so please do get in touch with us to find out how you can help.”

Ben Bloor, the interim head-teacher of The Bluecoat School, said: “I can’t thank everyone enough for their kindness and support, it really will make a difference to the lives of our young people.

“Once lockdown hit, we found that many of our children were having to work on iPads or mobile phones or share devices with siblings or parents who were also working from home.

“A number of children did not have access to any technology as well and we desperately needed to do something about this.

“We are incredibly lucky to have received such generous donations from so many people.”

Mr Bloor ended by telling the Stamford Mercury, “We aren’t the only school in need…

“If anyone has any further equipment to donate, please do get in touch with your local primary school and extend the hand of kindness back into the community.”

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