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Cinderford pupils kept connected by laptop donation

A school in Cinderford has received 40 laptops from business insurance specialist QBE to help children learning from home.

The laptops, which became available after a technology review, were given to The Forest High School after they issued an appeal for hardware.

QBE Europe service delivery and operations manager Ian Peak said: "One of QBE's employees had heard about the school's appeal for laptops and wanted to see what we could do to help.

"We're delighted the technology will be used to help children's educational needs and we'll be looking at how we can further support communities and be more sustainable with our laptop stock."

After lockdown restrictions ease, vulnerable students will be able to apply to borrow the donated laptops to help with their coursework at home.

Assistant headteacher Amy Roberts said: "We're a small rural school so we're not as likely to receive donations from companies as schools in more urban areas.

"Our school also has a high proportion of students on free school meals and with special education needs, so making sure they have the right technology to support their needs is crucial right now."

She continued: "We're so grateful QBE was able to provide the laptops and it is a huge improvement over the ones students are using.

"We still have a long way to go in providing more reliable and up to date technology to our students and we estimate we need a total of about 200 laptops to provide for the needs of all our students."

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