College's lockdown learning leant a hand by community

Assistant Principal Mrs Carr with laptops purchased with donations

Assistant Principal Mrs Carr with laptops purchased with donations - Credit: Sidmouth College

The response from appeals to the public for laptops for schools has been greeted with a positive fervour by the communities right across East Devon.

Sidmouth is no exception and indeed the local residents, businesses and organisations have all stepped up to the mark to help give school children a helping hand with their education while in the grips of the current pandemic lockdown.

Mrs Parsons and Mrs Carr with Laptops purchased from donations from the Lions Club and Sid Vale Association

Mrs Parsons and Mrs Carr with Laptops purchased from donations from the Lions Club and Sid Vale Association - Credit: Sidmouth College


Sidmouth College is very grateful for the support it has been shown and the staff would like to thank the local community for their kind donations of laptops and tablets to aid home learning of its students. 

To date the college has had more than 50 second-hand devices donated and its IT team have been busy upgrading and updating these, ready to go out to students who are struggling to access remote education.

As well as the kind donations from the community, the college has also received generous funding from a number of Sidmouth groups and societies.

Mrs Parsons and Chris Gill of the Rotary Club

Mrs Parsons and Chris Gill of the Rotary Club - Credit: Sidmouth College


The Sidmouth Lions Club has donated £1,040 for the purchase of five new laptops, the Sid Vale Association has donated 20 new computers, the Rotary Club has gifted £1,000 to the college and the Sidmouth Consolidated Charities have donated £6,000 for the purchase of new laptops.

College principal, Mrs Parsons, said: “I would like to thank the Sidmouth Lions Club, the Sidmouth Rotary Club, the Sid Vale Association, Sidmouth Consolidated Charities and the Sidmouth Community for the very generous donations that they have been gifted to the College. 

“I am overwhelmed by the kindness that has been shown at this time. The college is working hard to ensure that our students benefit from the donations and are providing devices to students which will enable them to access our remote education offer. 
“The young people of Sidmouth are very fortunate to live in a community who are supporting their education, on behalf of them, I thank you.
“If we are able to provide devices to those families who either do not have one or have more than one child sharing a device we are enabling that student to engage with the high-quality learning that we are providing from the college. 
“During this period of college closure, we have increased the number of live lessons that are being delivered remotely and therefore the need to access IT is greater than ever.”

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