UNDERPRIVILEGED children at a Tankersley school have received a donation of a new laptop thanks to a national company.

The laptops were donated to St Peter’s Primary School by open space management company, Meadfleet, as well as ‘bug hotels’ to help encourage outdoor learning.

Headteacher at the school, Jayne Proctor-Blain, said the laptops will help support families who don’t have access to technology.

“With lockdown and the current situation, it has highlighted to us that some students have struggled to access resources to complete their school work at home,” said Jayne.

“Meadfleet reached out to us and offered to donate four Chromebooks to the school, as well as some wildlife packs to help the children to get into nature.

“We are really thankful that we have been chosen to receive the equipment and I think it’s nice that a national company hasn’t forgotten its roots and has helped a local school.”

Tankersley St Peter’s is the first school to receive donations from the company, with more planned across the country – according to Meadfleet relationship manager, Lucy Gibson.

She added: “As a company we are always looking at how we can give back to the communities in which we work, and we chose the school because our chairman, Paul Miller, is from Barnsley.

“During the pandemic we recognised the challenge faced by schools in continuing to educate children whilst having to make numerous and continual adaptations to follow government guidelines and keep children and staff safe.

“With several estates in our portfolio in and around the Barnsley area we contacted Tankersley St Peter’s and donated four laptops to help children struggling to get online at home.”