Diocese Academies give heartfelt thanks for donations

24 February 2021

Teachers and pupils of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT) and St Benet’s Multi-Academy Trust express their heartfelt thanks for the kind community donations.

Thomas Bullock Church of England Primary Academy

Thomas Bullock Church of England Primary Academy has received a grant of £2,000 from The Shipdham Parochial and Fuel Allotment Charity as well as a number of new Chromebooks from the Norfolk Government Technology Scheme to support their learners alongside the substantial grant of £8,000 from the Thomas Bullock Trust and £5,000 from Shipdham Parish Council to support the purchase a number of new ChromeBooks, which are being delivered shortly.

Headteacher, Mrs O’Sullivan said: “We are thrilled with these exceptional donations; it will be very useful for our pupil’s online learning…It is our wish that every child has access to technology and that learning in science, technology and engineering is integrated into all learning affording our children a strong start when joining High School.”

Mrs Helen Crane Trustee and Chair of the Shipdham Parochial and Fuel Allotment Charity said: “This money is providing a subscription to online reading books and other resources for all the pupils of Thomas Bullock Church of England Primary Academy in a time when children don’t have easy access to reading material. The charity also funds children in Year 6 who reside in Shipdham with a voucher for school uniform when they move on to high school.”

Diss Primary Academy Partnership

Diss Town Council awarded the Diss Primary Academy Partnership a Technology Grant.

Mrs Cerullo, Executive Headteacher of the St Benet’s Diss Primary Academy Partnership said: “The financial support from Diss Town Council has enabled Diss Primary Academy Partnership to repurpose the laptops kindly donated from the local community and convert them to Chromebooks and together with our existing Chromebooks, these have been lent to families in order to support access to the Google Classrooom…it has also allowed us to purchase mobile WiFi boxes and dongles for local families so that they can have access to the internet for recorded lessons delivered by our dedicated teachers and join in with the online live discussions that are an essential part of keeping in touch during these difficult times.”

Diss Rotary Club donated funds to enable Diss Primary Academy Partnership to purchase SENSO safeguarding software which has been uploaded on all school laptops that have been loaned out or donated. 1-2-1 Computing and Bf1systems Ltd have recycled donated laptops from the community and given them to school.

Peterhouse Church of England Primary Academy

Peterhouse Church of England Primary Academy in Great Yarmouth was pleased to receive 83 laptops for their pupils online learning and all their pupils have access to laptops thanks to the Laptops in the Community Government Scheme.

The Greggs Hardship Fund has also helped a number of their families who are finding life tricky at the moment. They have successfully been able to apply for white goods, beds and bedding and food parcels.

Mr Ryan Freeman, Headteacher of Peterhouse Church of England Primary Academy said: “We are thrilled that Greggs have been able to facilitate this during these difficult times, these kind donations have made a big difference to our families.”

St Benet’s Archbishop Sancroft High School and Harleston Primary Academy

Harleston District Business Forum and St John’s Church have kindly donated laptops and devices to both St Benet’s Archbishop Sancroft High School and Harleston Primary Academy. Harleston Primary Academy received 25 laptops from Red Dune Website Design of Bungay who are Members of the Harleston & District Business Forum.

Canon Nigel Tuffnell of St John’s the Baptist Church in Harleston rallied support too and members of the community dropped in 12 laptops and tablets to Archbishop Sancroft High School which we were able to repurpose for students enabling them to access remote learning.

Norfolk County Council supported Archbishop Sancroft High School with a further 14 brand new devices for students which they had collected via donation through their recent initiative and they have gone out to students to support engagement with remote learning.

South Norfolk Council also provided the school with an ‘Additional Restrictions Grant,’ where organisations had not qualified for any previous grants.

Mr Rob Connelly, Headteacher of Archbishop Sancroft High School said: “Our thanks to Gavin Cowley and the team at Norfolk County Council for this support and for the speed at which these were delivered. We were delighted that Paul Chapman, Senior Economic Development Officer and his team at South Norfolk Council awarded us a grant which was shared between Diss Infant and Junior, Dickleburgh Primary and Archbishop Harleston High School. Whilst it was a long way from making up our shortfall it was a much-appreciated contribution to funds and raised our spirits somewhat too.”

The Dove Federation, Caston CE VA Primary Academy and Parker’s CE VC Primary Academy

Su-Bridge Pet Supplied Ltd from Saham Toney kindly donated eight iPads and a number of desktop PC’s and laptops to The Dove Federation, Caston CE VA Primary Academy and Parker’s CE VC Primary Academy. Chris Gulliver from Netmatters also offered his computing services free of charge.

Ian Manning, Managing Director of Su-Bridge Pet Supplies said: “We have supported the local community since the 1974. I hope the extra technology will help ease the burden of both the school and parents during these uncertain times.”

Harleston Church of England Primary Academy were delighted to receive many welfare packs including hand sanitizer for the school from their local Budgens Store and petrol station.

Oliver Burwood, CEO of DNEAT said: “On behalf of the academies within DNEAT we are so grateful and humbled by the generous contributions from our local communities. It has been without a doubt a testing year for teachers, pupils and parents, especially getting to grips with online learning. Having the infrastructure and the technology to ensure that remote learning can take place is a key priority and will mean that children can learn successfully at home. We are grateful for all the support we have received in this area, and particularly for these amazing donations received from the community.”

Richard Cranmer, CEO of St Benet’s Multi-Academy Trust said: “Our eight academies in Norfolk and the Waveney Valley have been overwhelmed with the support from our local community and our children have certainly learnt the value of community spirit and we are all so thankful. Ensuring that all children who need a device have one is clearly a key element to our focus on providing high-quality remote learning for everyone.”



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