Greenwich school receives laptop donation to tackle digital exclusion

Published on 02/03/2021

St Mary Magdalene School has been given 45 laptops by housing association L&Q to help pupils continue learning at home during lockdown and beyond.

Claire Harrison, Executive Co-Headteacher for the Koinonia Federation, said: “The pandemic has really highlighted the impact of digital exclusion on our pupils, so when we approached L&Q with a request for additional laptops, we were delighted at how swiftly they responded. Over the past year we have worked closely with L&Q on a range of projects to support our pupils and their families, even funding the soil for our roof garden.”

As well as laptops, the L&Q Foundation’s Learning to Succeed programme has been delivering STEM and practical careers advice to pupils over the last 12 months. Online webinars from L&Q have also been promoted via the school to parents, to ensure local families are additionally supported during the lockdown through employability and health and wellbeing sessions.

Neil Davis, Regional Development Director at L&Q, said: “One of our key priorities is to ensure children and young people living near our developments are equipped with the skills, knowledge and attitude to thrive in life. Our strong partnership with St Mary Magdalene School is a blueprint for how we want to support local people and ensure that community needs are at the heart of the regeneration of Greenwich Peninsula.”

L&Q has over ten years’ experience providing and managing affordable homes at Greenwich Peninsula. Working with its partners Knight Dragon and the GLA, the housing association has been preparing plans to start building 476 new homes opposite St Mary Magdalene School this year, of which 60% will be affordable and 40% for market sale.