Community rallies around to get lockdown laptops for Ilfracombe Junior School

Ilfracombe Junior School pupils using a laptop for home schooling provided thanks to the generosity of the community

Ilfracombe Junior School pupils using a laptop for home schooling provided thanks to the generosity of the community - Credit: Contributed

Pupils at Ilfracombe C of E Junior School now have access to extra laptops and tablets during the coronavirus lockdown thanks to help from their local community. 

The school has received grants from Fullabrook CIC as well as Ilfracombe and District Lions Club and donations of devices from local people. 

Headteacher Jody Le Bredonchel said: “Many children did not have devices or were having to share with siblings and parents working from home.  

“With the community’s help we have been able to provide more than 85 laptops and tablets to families. Pupils are now able to enjoy the full range of online activities at home set by teachers including video lessons, quizzes and assignments.  

“Children have also been able to join online video sessions with their teachers and classmates where they can ask questions, play games and share stories. This has been great for keeping children and families connected with each other and the school!” 

Local parents have been thankful for the extra help. Paula Taylor, whose daughter Darcy is in Year 5 at Ilfracombe Juniors, said: “After struggling to home school three children on one device, I was contacted asking if I would like to borrow school equipment to ease my stress.  

“This has been a godsend to myself and other families, and is much appreciated in these current times.” 

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Ilfracombe Lions Club president Colin Everest said: “We are really fortunate to be able to run a number of town events such as the carnival and doubly fortunate to have so many fantastic supporters.  

“It’s thanks to their generosity that we can support children and families most in need within our community; and it’s great that we were able to respond quickly to the request for help from the junior school.” 

Fullabrook CIC helped through its Funding Local Community Projects initiative. A spokesperson said: “We are proud to be able to help our community of children and young people through the pandemic, and hope the equipment we have been able to provide will provide a lasting legacy.” 

Mr Le Bredonchel added: “Alongside these incredibly generous donations, many more individual members of the public have also donated and loaned devices such as Ipads and tablets for children to use at home.  

“We have been overwhelmed by the support from within Ilfracombe and it has shone a spotlight on the amazing community that has come together once again to care for our children and families.” 

Fullabrook CIC can offer grant support to voluntary and community groups in the parishes surrounding Fullabrook windfarm.  Contact for more information, or visit   

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