Area Board awards grant for ITKate
Staff at St John’s Marlborough are delighted that the school has been awarded a £3,000 grant from the Marlborough Area Board and Marlborough Local Youth Network. The grant will enable St John’s to purchase new 2-in-1 tablets that can be loaned out to students whose families don’t have access to appropriate technology while the school is closed, so they can work effectively from home and also keep in touch with their friends.
Over the last few weeks, since St John’s closed to students, the entire stock of laptops has now been loaned out to students, and the new devices are coming just in time. School work is being set online for all students in Years 7-10 and Year 12, and students need to be able to easily access work, complete it, and return it to their teachers online.
The grant was the brainchild of Councillor Stewart Dobson and Andrew Jack, Wiltshire Council Community Engagement Manager who wanted to find a way to support those students who might otherwise fall behind in their studies during the COVID-19 shutdown.
Brigid Jones, St John’s School Business Manager said:
“We really appreciate this grant from the Area Board, as it will allow us to loan devices to several identified students, enabling them to access St John’s online resources and also to keep in touch with their friends and peers, avoiding becoming socially isolated during this difficult time”.
St John’s Marlborough is currently only open for vulnerable students, and students whose parents are keyworkers. All students in Years 7-10 and Year 12 are following a timetable, with work being set and marked remotely by their teachers. Year 10 & 12 students have formal online assessments in May.