Pupils at a Trafford school were left devastated after a number of classroom computers were stolen during a break-in.
During the burglary at St Alphonsus Primary School on Hamilton Street, Stretford, thieves were said to have made off with school cash and more than 20 laptops and computer devices.
The equipment was being used by students in class and at home which school head teacher Tina Birds said had crucial to their learning.
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Mrs Birds said of the incident, which happened on September 21, 2021: “We were devastated after the break in.
“(And we) couldn’t believe it had happened.”
Following the incident, Trafford Council and Trafford Housing Trust have provided the school with new laptops to ensure pupils don’t miss out on education.
Holly Townhill, from Trafford Council, visited the Old Trafford school to hand them over to the delight of staff and pupils.
Cllr Mike Freeman, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Covid 19 Recovery and Reform, said: “‘There are few things more terrible than the impact of burglary but directed at school premises and stealing learning equipment vital to our children’s education is particularly despicable.
“Trafford Council is delighted to have played a part in helping the school replace the laptops and we are grateful to our partner Trafford Housing Trust.
“We are committed to ensuring children in our borough have the best access to learning and computers. Thank you very much to everyone who made this happen.”
Larry Gold, Chief Executive of Trafford Housing Trust, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to support the students at St Alphonsus Primary following the break in with the laptop donation.
“Being safe and confident online is increasingly essential in education, so we’re glad to be doing what we can to support the pupils’ digital education as part of our on-going investment into the lives of young people in our communities.”
Speaking about the donation, Mrs Birds added: “Thank you so much to Trafford Housing Trust and Trafford Council for this lovely donation - it has given everybody at the school a huge lift.
“These laptops were so crucial to our children and their education and I am delighted they have been replaced.
“It is also perfect timing as we are on half term. Again, thank you so much for the donation – it means so much to us all.”
Trafford Council also runs a laptop lending scheme from libraries across the borough which allows people who do not have their own device to get online and access digital services.
Anyone interested in the scheme should call the Libraries team on 0161 912 3189.
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