Free computers to Oban pupils from energy giants

Dam good idea: Drax which operates Cruachan Power Station is giving free laptops to children

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Eighty laptops have been given to pupils at schools across the Oban area by Drax, the operators of Cruachan Power Station.

The project to get IT kit to pupils follows a link-up between the energy giant and partner schools, including Oban High School and local primaries.

The aim is to allow children without a computer at home to connect and continue learning during the lockdown, the company said.

Will Gardiner, chief executive officer at Drax Group, said: ‘At Drax, we’ve been working with headteachers during the Easter break to make sure that students have access to laptops as they start the summer term. This is crucial, as highlighted by the government.

‘We’re delivering nearly 700 laptops with internet access to the students who need them most. The pandemic continues to have a major impact on families, businesses and communities across the UK – our support for students means we’re helping to get them connected so they can keep learning during the lockdown.’

The schools in receipt of the HP Chromebooks include those in Oban, Castle Douglas and Dumfries, and schools across England.

Drax has a network of 14 partner schools which are those it regularly works with which are located near one of its eight power stations.

Drax said it actively supports partner schools through promoting STEM, ‘skills and employability,’ raising opportunity and a window into the world of work.