Link helps pupils to get connected

From left, Michael James, site manager at North Sea Link, Marianne Allan and Sallyanne Barson with three pupils from Cambois Primary School.
From left, Michael James, site manager at North Sea Link, Marianne Allan and Sallyanne Barson with three pupils from Cambois Primary School.

The team behind a major energy project in Northumberland is helping children at a village school to get connected in more ways than one.

The North Sea Link Interconnector project has donated 10 reconditioned laptops to Cambois Primary School.

Statnett and National Grid are working together to construct an electricity link between Norway and the UK.

The project will connect the electricity systems of the two countries via high voltage subsea cables from Kvilldal in Norway to Blyth, with onshore infrastructure located at neighbouring Cambois. It will be operational in 2021.

North Sea Link first forged a relationship with Cambois Primary back in 2016 when the school played host to a community drop-in session organised by the project team.

The company has since helped it to redecorate some of its classrooms and corridors in partnership with AkzoNobel in Ashington, and has now donated the IT equipment.

Sallyanne Barson, North Sea Link communications manager, said: “National Grid operates a scheme where profits from the IT recycling process are used to fund the donations of computers to good causes.

“We felt that Cambois Primary School would be a worthy recipient of some of this equipment to help the children with their learning across the curriculum.”

Marianne Allan, Cambois Primary School headteacher, thanked the project team and said the laptops will “enable the children to have continued, remote access to online learning facilities across all of their subjects”.