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Hardwick & Cambourne Community Primary School

A project by: Melanie Hadley


WE RAISED £1,830

from 28 donors

This project received pledges on Mon 25 Mar 2019
We would like to purchase Chromebooks to use within the whole school and support SENCO.

update! We've now reached our initial target - thank you to everyone who has donated so far.

We have added a stretch target to afford an extra 3 chromebooks - see details below. 


Number of students that will benefit: 700

Age of students: 4-11

Percentage on free school meals: 8.5%


About us

We are a school based in Cambridgeshire. We are quite unusual in that we are two campuses located within two different villages but are combined under one name. We have a school in Hardwick and another in Cambourne.

What do we want?

We are looking to purchase Chromebooks to enable the children to work in small groups outside of the classroom. We are also hoping to raise enough to support the Special Educational Needs (SEN) team and EAL children in class.

Who is this for?

This is for our whole school to use across a range of subjects.

Why do we want it?

We are looking to purchase 10 Chromebooks per site to support children, including SEN and EAL children, in class.

As a school, we have begun to explore the use of the G-Suite, successfully using this in Years 5 and 6 to support homework and develop the use of internal emails. Spurred on by benefits we have felt from this we are now beginning to spread the G-Suite out to wider year groups.

Something else we have looked into is the benefits that some dedicated ICT in every classroom could have. We currently have timetabled slots for either the ICT suite (Key Stage 2) or the laptop trolley (Key Stage 1) giving each class one slot per week. Outside of the Early Years classrooms (and excluding the teacher's laptop) there are no options for children to use ICT in their day-to-day lessons.

If each class had their own dedicated machine, this would give the teacher the flexibility to support Special Educational Need or Disability children, or children with English as an Additional Language as and when the need came about, without having to worry about timetables or shared machines. Speech-to-text functionality helps children who find writing very difficult to record and share their ideas and work. Translation software enables children with limited or no English to converse and get themselves understood.

Many of the programs already used in school are web-based rather than app based, although there are many apps which would be hugely beneficial for children. This all leads us to Chromebooks, which offer the combined functionality of Google Docs, speech-to-text and translation software, web access and the wide range of Android apps. We feel that having a machine that does all this in each classroom would be simply transformative.


10 x Chromebooks @ £179 each https://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/asus-c202-11-6-intel-celeron-chromebook-16-gb-emmc-white-blue-10168528-pdt.html 

Total = £1,790.00


Now that we've been fortunate enough to reach our target, we'd like 3 additional Chromebooks:

3 x £179

New total = £537

Thanks again for all your support!


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