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20 schools in Cornwall among first to get super-fast broadband

20 schools in Cornwall among first to get super-fast broadband

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:57pm 20th May 2019.

20 schools in Cornwall are among the first to receive super-fast broadband.

It is part of a £200m government scheme to ensure so called gigabit-capable full fibre broadband is available in the most remote locations in the UK.

The first schools to receive the service will be in the Duchy, Northumberland, Cumbria and Pembrokeshire.

Last summer, the government identified that approximately 10 percent of UK premises, largely in rural and remote areas, would be unlikely to receive gigabit-capable connections commercially by 2033.

An 'Outside In' approach is being taken to make sure rural areas are not disadvantaged in the race for full fibre broadband.

Officials say this new approach will help ensure that the identified 10 percent of premises are reached at the same time as the commercial roll out happens across the UK.

person on computer internet online

"Our decision to tackle some of the hardest to reach places first is a significant shift in Government policy and will be instrumental in delivering our plans for a nationwide full fibre broadband network by 2033.

"Our rollout of superfast broadband transformed the UK’s digital landscape, and our modern Industrial Strategy is focused on investing in the infrastructure that will make Britain fit for the future."

DCMS Secretary of State Jeremy Wright

RGC is a two year, £200 million UK-wide programme focused on rural areas. 

The government has initially prioritised sites in Cornwall, Cumbria, Northumberland and Pembrokeshire. Additional sites in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the rest of England will be announced in the coming months.

The RGC Programme will trial a model connecting local hubs in rural areas, starting with primary schools.

Working with the Department for Education, DCMS has identified the first 31 schools eligible for a connection under the scheme.

laptop online internet

These new speeds will enable whole classes to simultaneously surf the internet on tablets as part of structured lessons, and gives schools easier access to online training and educational learning.

Access to cloud services not only means savings as staff go paperless, but will also allow the decommissioning of the school’s local servers to reduce hardware, maintenance and IT support costs.

Other public buildings will then be added throughout the course of the programme, for example health sites and community halls.

"In most parts of the country a fast, reliable internet connection is taken for granted – but that is not the case for everyone.

"This programme will mean that schools in these areas won’t be held back from accessing all of the opportunities the internet has to offer.  

"These first 31 schools will see the tangible benefits that fast broadband has to offer, from reducing teacher and staff workload, to improving access to high-quality learning resources."

Education Secretary Damian Hinds

The RGC programme also has a rural gigabit broadband voucher component, offering up to £3,500 for small businesses and up to £1,500 for residents.

This will be offered to encourage greater take-up of gigabit-capable connectivity to residents and businesses in rural areas.

internet computer

List of first 31 Schools identified as eligible for a Gigabit capable connection:

  1. Blisland Primary Academy, Cornwall
  2. Braddock C of E Primary School, Cornwall
  3. Calstock Community Primary School, Cornwall
  4. Darite Primary Academy, Cornwall
  5. Delaware Primary Academy, Cornwall
  6. Grade-Ruan C of E School, Cornwall
  7. Halwin School, Cornwall
  8. Mevagissey Community Primary School, Cornwall
  9. Sithney Community Primary School, Cornwall
  10. St Erme with Trispen Community Primary School, Cornwall
  11. St Kew Atlantic Centre of Excellence Academy, Cornwall
  12. Madron Daniel (previously St Maddern’s) C of E School, Cornwall
  13. St Mellion C of E Voluntary Aided School, Cornwall
  14. St Mewan Community Primary School, Cornwall
  15. St Winnow C of E School, Cornwall
  16. Trannack Primary School, Cornwall
  17. Treverbyn Academy, Cornwall
  18. Trythall Community Primary School, Cornwall
  19. Wendron C of E Primary School, Cornwall
  20. Werrington Community Primary School, Cornwall
  21. Eaglesfield Paddle CE Primary School, Cumbria
  22. Holme St Cuthbert Primary School, Cumbria
  23. Rosley C of E School, Cumbria
  24. Acomb First School, Northumberland
  25. Cambo First School, Northumberland
  26. Cambois Primary School, Northumberland
  27. Ellingham C of E Aided Primary School, Northumberland
  28. New Hartley First School, Northumberland
  29. St Michael’s C of E Primary School, Northumberland
  30. Tweedmouth Prior Park First School, Northumberland
  31. Ysgol Llanychllwydog, Wales

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