Spalding Special Schools IT Refresh

A project by: Kris Mantle



from 19 donors

This project received pledges on Fri 29 Mar 2019
Laptops lead to learning

Key stats

Number of students that will benefit: 191

Age of students: 2-19

Percentage eligible for free school meals: Priory - 26.3% / Garth - 55.8%


About us

The Spalding Special School Federation (SSSF) comprises The Priory School and The Garth School. Ofsted has rated The Garth School as Outstanding and the Priory School as Good. Children with severe and profound disabilities, aged 4-16 attend The Garth School. Those with moderate learning disabilities and autism, aged 4-16 attend The Priory School.

Both schools strive to provide varied and engaging curricula by using technology and community engagement. Garth’s pupils explore the town to become familiar with the local area as they build their life skills. Pupils from The Priory use video editing and coding as they progress through animation classes as part of their IT curriculum.

What do we want?


Who is this for?

These laptops would be for use by the whole school across a range of subjects. Staff and pupils access Purple Mash to supplement their maths and science curricula along with learning about e-safety. By introducing our pupils to a variety of technology and ensuring they are proficient in using it, we prepare them for life beyond the school gates.

Why do we want it?

Laptops provide our pupils with an interactive environment to develop a deeper understanding of each subject. Priory and Garth utilise Scratch and Purple Mash as part of their curriculum. Scratch is an online coding program helping pupils to create videos and games. Purple Mash is another coding program but also provides curricular support for Science, Maths and Literacy.

The interactive aspect and the instant response from this equipment helps engage our pupils and keep them focused. Many of our pupils access the internet at home, and many of them often have an IT knowledge that surpasses their parents or carers. Using the laptops, we can teach them how to stay safe online and educate them on the dangers that can be found online.


2 x Laptop @ £475 each

Total = £950 (incl. VAT)


If we're fortunate enough to raise more than our target, then we would purchase further laptops for the school.


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