Skanska enables Surrey school to double computer use for children

Press release 03/07/2013 16:44 CET

A Guildford primary school has doubled its number of computers, thanks to Skanska, one of the world’s leading construction group, which has offices in Woking.

St Thomas School IT Department

St Thomas of Canterbury catholic primary school was awarded 15 computers by the Olympic Delivery Authority for a nominal fee after the Games last year, but could not afford to make them operational.

On hearing this, Skanska sent technicians to the information technology suite and installed the power and data required.

This means that all 30 children in a class now work on their own computer instead of sharing. “Each child can fully participate in the lesson,” says Miss Vikki Merry, Year 2 teacher, “and there has been a noticeable improvement in their computer skills already.”

Headteacher Kevin Gawley adds: “It was very kind of Skanska to arrange for technicians to carry out the cabling and electrical work and without their generous support we would not have been able to finish the project.”

Becki Taylor, Administration and Communications Manager at Skanska says: “We’re delighted the children can now work from their own computer at St Thomas’s. The project is part of our ongoing commitment to young people along with our Apprentice and Youth Employment schemes. It is also great to see the Olympic legacy continue with redundant equipment being recycled and put to use elsewhere.”