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Technology is at pupils' fingertips

Youngsters at a village primary school are finally able to get to grips with the latest educational technology.

Pupils at Helmdon Primary School used to struggle in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) lessons because the school only had two computers capable of running the software needed for the course curriculum.

But following a successful appeal, a special ICT suite, compete with ten state-of- the-art Internet-linked PCs, has been created at the 120 pupil school.

The suite was originally expected to cost around 30,000, but so many people donated their time and labour, the final cost came down to just 10,000.

And pupils were able to use it for the first time on Thursday, following an official opening on Wednesday evening.

Head teacher Sue Blackburn said "The children think it's brilliant and from a teaching point of view it is so much better".

Mrs Blackburn said teachers were also using the suite outside of school hours to plan their lessons and that, in time, the facility could be available for use by villagers.

Banbury Guardian - 23rd November 2000

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