National Grid donates 40 laptops

Helping Avonmouth pupils to access the full computing curriculum

As part of our engagement with schools, we contact those closest to the route of the Hinkley Connection to highlight some of the initiatives we’ve set up to support local schools and how headteachers can access them. These include our curriculum-based Energy and You and Smartbuild workshops and our education and community grant schemes.

When we approached Avonmouth CofE Primary School, the staff highlighted a shortage of up-to-date laptops for pupils and wondered if National Grid could help.

Avonmouth school is the closest to our works and serves the community in one of the more deprived areas of Bristol, so we were keen to do all we could.

Approaching contacts across the business, we were able to source 40 laptops and have them installed with Windows 10 and MS Office. Buying these laptops would have cost the school £28,000.

Jonathan Richardson, Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for the Hinkley Connection Project, said: “We were delighted to be able to respond to Avonmouth school’s request in a really practical way. We want to support schools along the route as much as we can and are always looking for opportunities to inspire an interest in STEM subjects in future generations.”

Jackie Hall, the School Business Manager, said: “We were delighted to receive the offer of laptops for the school. The donation will enable our pupils and teachers to fully access the computing curriculum.”