Children are being let down by poor broadband at rural school - despite being next to broadband cabinet

Tacolneston Primary School is a broadband blackspot. Assistant headteacher Laura Green.Picture: ANTO

Tacolneston Primary School is a broadband blackspot. Assistant headteacher Laura Green.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Children at a village primary school are being failed by poor broadband despite being sited next to a superfast cabinet, its assistant headteacher has said.

Tacolneston Church of England Primary School teacher Laura Green warned in a letter to bosses at Norfolk County Council that the school was in danger of starting the new term unable to properly access the internet.

The council said it had immediately taken up the issue after receiving the letter.

Mrs Green called for help bringing the 85-pupil school into the 21st century, telling council bosses and MPs that staff sometimes had to go home to access the school's information management system, and that poor speeds thwarted the school's ability to teach the curriculum – which includes lessons in how to use the internet safely and how to write blogs and design web pages.

She said the school had been connected to a cabinet in Fundenhall, three miles away, despite the school having a superfast cabinet next door.

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Steve Leggetter, who was recently appointed as head of ICT at the county council, said he understood the school's frustration and said it was fortunate the nearby cabinet had been upgraded in May.

Mrs Green sent her letter on Friday and Mr Leggetter said he had been in touch with the relevant internet service provider that day to get the school on to superfast broadband as soon as possible. He aimed to get the school connected by September.

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'I absolutely agree with them that getting Norfolk's schools and students, businesses and residents connected to fast broadband is vitally important,' he said.

'I want to get this matter resolved for the school at the very earliest opportunity.'

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