Royal visit for Thames Valley partnership

Ash Merchant
By , - Enabling DigitalEducation

The latest school to join our Ambassador programme was honoured by a Royal visit, after HRH The Countess of Wessex officially opened The NAS Thames Valley School in Reading.

In April we announced our partnership with the  school, which caters for children and young people with autism.

At Fujitsu we believe that people of all ages and abilities should be equipped with digital skills to drive us towards a digital first Britain.  The NAS Thames Valley School is one of 10 UK establishments that were selected as part of our Innovation Ambassadors programme with Intel, designed to prepare students for higher education and future employment.

As part of this we equipped the school with state-of-the-art laptops, tablets and 2-in-2 devices to aid teachers. The Countess was shown the school’s innovation hub by Gary Simm, Principal of the NAS.

He said: “We’re delighted The Countess could share this special day with us. The students were very excited and I’m sure this moment will stay with us for a long time.

“Our students are keen to learn but have certain social or sensory difficulties and need specialist support. Many of them really struggled in the busy environment of mainstream schools before joining us, often spending significant time outside of the education system. Our school offers them a more specialist learning environment, built around the student and taking into account their individual needs. It’s been remarkable seeing their rapid progress, both academically and socially

“Autism can have a profound impact on an individual but we’ve seen how the right support and understanding can make all the difference. I look forward to many more years helping local children with autism to reach their full potential and go on to further education, employment or whatever they choose to do.”

HRH The Countess of Wessex is greeted at school

The school will be further supported by two Fujitsu nominated sponsors who will help deliver projects to equip students and staff in areas such as coding, social media, and cyber projects. This initiative will be carried out with a view to improving their digital skills and enhancing their employment prospects.

To find out more about Fujitsu and Intel’s partnership with The Thames Valley School, read here.

Photography: Hamish Jordan

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