YOUNGSTERS at St James's Catholic Primary School in Ashurst, Skelmersdale have had their number of iPads almost doubled courtesy of Tawd Valley Developments who are currently constructing 27 new council homes on their Northfield site adjacent to the school.
Unable to secure funding for similar resources from central government, the school was gifted eight new iPads from the council-owned development company and the wider Northfield team of John McCall Architects, Whitfield & Brown and Shape Engineering.
Mark Kitts, managing director of Tawd Valley Developments, said: “We were delighted to be able to present St James’ with the iPads, almost doubling the number the children have available to help with their education.
“Tawd Valley Developments is aware that developing the houses, immediately next door to the school at our Northfield site will cause some short-term disruption to the local community and school so it's fantastic to be able to support the school in a way that will have such long term benefits.”
Head Teacher of St James' Catholic Primary School, Angela Blacoe, added: “Everyone at St. James' is very grateful for the kind donation of eight iPads from Tawd Valley Developments and their team.
“These will make a big difference to the teaching and learning of our children.
“The school’s catchment is not classed as an area that requires additional funding from the Government, unlike other areas of Skelmersdale, and therefore we are not provided with additional resources such as iPads from the Department of Education, so these tablets will make a huge difference.”
Tawd Valley Developments will continue to support the school with fun and informative activity sessions on subjects like construction and science during construction of the new high-quality energy efficient 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes due to complete in July 2022.
Headteacher, Angela Blacoe, continued: “We are really looking forward to the future planned activities with Tawd Valley Developments such as a science lesson on constructing a tower out of marshmallow and dry pasta and an assembly talk on health and safety around building sites.
“The completion of the Northfield housing development next door to the school will bring new families to the local area and we look forward to welcoming the families and their children to our school community.”