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High school presented with computer tablets

Newtown High School has been presented with 10 computer tablets by a construction firm to help with students’ learning.

Newtown High School has been presented with 10 computer tablets by a construction firm to help with students’ learning.

Pave Aways, which is due to open an office in the town later this year, has presented 50 such Samsung devices to schools in Mid Wales, Shropshire and Cheshire.

Pave Aways was named last week by Open Newtown as the contractor to build Newtown’s Riverside Hub. The Wrexham-based company also announced its intention to open an office at Ladywell House, once the current lockdown ends.

Welshpool High School has also been given ten. It is part of a an £11,500 gesture to support the communities where it works. The tablets, equipped with robust covers, have been distributed by the schools to young people most in need so they can continue their education at home.

The building firm has a long association of delivering buildings for the education sector and Managing Director Steven Owen said the idea for the donation had come from staff home schooling their own children.

We realised that studying at home during lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic may be hard for some young people if they don’t have the access to the quality technology they need and this could have a long-term effect on their future. We’d already started the roll out when the Sutton Trust report came out so that reinforced our belief that this was a positive thing to do.

Two of our key priorities at Pave Aways are putting something back into the communities where we work and supporting young people, so our donation underlines this. We identified schools based on the percentage of free school meals received and they have been genuinely grateful for our support.

Steven Owen, Managing Director of Pave Aways

We are extremely grateful for this generous donation, which will contribute to supporting disadvantaged learners in the school. We wish Pave Aways success in their new projects in the area, which will help to allow Newtown to grow and prosper.

Rob Edwards, Headteacher of Newtown High School
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