AN anonymous benefactor has helped provide new computers for a village school.
Computers at Henry Prince First School and Nursery in Mayfield were so old that upgrades to new software and programmes were becoming impossible.
Now though, thanks to a donation of £4,500 from an anonymous philanthropist, the school has bought 14 brand new, top of the range computers, which have been installed this week.
Head teacher at the school, Jackie Naylor, said: “The computers were nine years old.
“They were slow and couldn’t be updated.
“Although the cost was substantial staff and governors recognised the importance of provided up to date ICT equipment for our pupils.
“How we were going to fund that was a major concern for us as a school before the offer of the donation was made.
“Thanks to this wonderful donation from an anonymous benefactor in the village and to further funds of £1,200 raised by the school’s PTFA, we have been able to provide this excellent facility for the children.
“They are all very excited about using the new computers and the staff and I are all very pleased with the ways this new system will enhance teaching and learning.” The 14 computers cost £11,500 in total, but the donations from the mysterious benefactor and the school’s PTFA have meant the school has only had to fund half the cost.
Nicky Taylor-Smith has a son at the school and is also chairman of the Parent, Teacher and Friend Association at Henry Prince. She said: “The PTFA work hard to raise funds for the school and we are delighted to have been able to contribute to such an important part of all the pupil’s education.
“We are, as parents, very grateful to the school’s benefactor, who has invested so much in our children.” Mrs Naylor added: “We are so grateful for the support of the PTFA and most especially for the financial help from a very kind source in the village.
“This donation means we have been able to provide the very best for our children and we would welcome visitors to our school to view the wonderful new facilities.”