Update on laptop donation to Paddington Academy

Date: 11/09/2020

As part of NextEnergy Foundation’s response to the socio-economic effects of Covid-19, a donation was made to Paddington Academy – a non-selective Academy in inner-West London with 36.6% of students on free school meals –  to enable the school to purchase and distribute laptops to students from low-income backgrounds and support their studies during the lockdown.

With NEF’s donation, 52 laptops were purchased. The donation significantly contributed to improving the engagement of students with their online learning and submission of work. For example in May, 23% of Year 7 students were completing and submitting up to 70% of their assignments. This increased to 41% by the end of the academic year in July 2020. For Year 9 students, 28% were completing and submitting over 90% of their assignments, increasing to 65% by July 2020.

Please see the photographs of some students receiving their laptops. We wish them all the best for the new academic year!