Community Support for St Benet's Academies

February 19, 2021

The teachers and pupils of St Benet’s Multi-Academy Trust have expressed their heartfelt thanks for the kind donations received from their local communities.

Diss Town Council awarded the Diss Primary Academy Partnership a Technology Grant.

Mrs Cerullo, Executive Headteacher of the Diss Primary Academy Partnership said: “The financial support from Diss Town Council has enabled Diss Primary Academy Partnership to repurpose the laptops kindly donated from the local community and convert them to Chromebooks and together with our existing Chromebooks, these have been lent to families in order to support access to the Google Classroom.”

She added: “The financial support has also allowed us to purchase mobile WiFi boxes and dongles for local families so that they can have access to the internet for recorded lessons delivered by our dedicated teachers and join in with the online live discussions that are an essential part of keeping in touch during these difficult times.”

Diss Rotary Club have donated funds to enable Diss Primary Academy Partnership to purchase SENSO safeguarding software which has been uploaded on all school laptops that have been loaned out or donated.  1-2-1 Computing and Bf1systems Ltd have recycled donated laptops from the community and given them to school.

Harleston District Business Forum and St John’s Church have kindly donated laptops and devices to both Archbishop Sancroft High School and Harleston Primary Academy. Harleston Primary Academy kindly received 25 laptops from Red Dune Website Design of Bungay who are Members of the Harleston & District Business Forum.

Canon Nigel Tuffnell of St John’s the Baptist Church in Harleston rallied support too and members of the community dropped in 12 laptops and tablets to Archbishop Sancroft High School which we were able to repurpose for students enabling them to access remote learning.

Norfolk County Council kindly supported Archbishop Sancroft High School with a further 14 brand new devices for students which they had collected via donation through their recent initiative and they have gone out to students to support engagement with remote learning.

South Norfolk Council also provided the school with an ‘Additional Restrictions Grant,’ where organisations had not qualified for any previous grants.

Mr Rob Connelly, Headteacher of Archbishop Sancroft High School said: “Our thanks to Gavin Cowley and the team at Norfolk County Council for this support and for the speed at which these were delivered. We were delighted that Paul Chapman, Senior Economic Development Officer and his team at South Norfolk Council awarded us a grant which was shared between Diss Infant and Junior, Dickleburgh Primary and Archbishop Harleston High School. Whilst it was a long way from making up our shortfall it was a much-appreciated contribution to funds and raised our spirits somewhat too.”

Harleston Church of England Primary Academy were delighted to receive many welfare packs including hand sanitizer for the school from their local Budgens Store and petrol station.


Richard Cranmer, CEO of St Benet’s Multi-Academy Trust said: “Our eight academies in Norfolk and the Waveney Valley have been overwhelmed with the support from our local community and our children have certainly learnt the value of community spirit and we are all so thankful.  Ensuring that all children who need a device have one is clearly a key element to our focus on providing high quality remote learning for everyone.”



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