Dunston Goes Tech

Our Current Sponsors

A huge thank you to those company’s who have already pledged their support to achieve our goals:

Graham Wylie Foundation

Graham Wylie Foundation

United Carlton

United Carlton

The Launch Group

The Launch Group

Friends of Dunston Hill

Friends of Dunston Hill

Dunston Goes Tech

Here at Dunston Hill we are fortunate to boast a dedicated ICT suite of 30 pcs, 15 classrooms and a further 6 teaching areas which have their own whiteboard, projector, laptop and visualiser to support teaching and learning. Including iPads and kindles we have over 200 devices (of various ages) in which to maintain and replace.  Additional to this we have costs to maintain wi-fi connectivity, servers, licences, offsite back-ups, software to support the curriculum etc. 

Our School Business Manager has the difficult task of projecting the lifecycle and maintenance costs of all devices, broadband connectivity and the network over five years. This is made increasingly difficult as technology is not only fast moving but is constantly evolving.

In 2018 our Dunston Goes Tech Project derived from insufficient funds to replace the pc’s in our ICT suite which were 10 years old and very slow so were becoming ineffective with the latest platforms. We simply did not have the funds to lease or purchase the devices so Miss Briggs approached the local business community for financial support to reach our £17,000 target. 

How we reached our target

Working in partnership with United Carlton, The Graham Wylie Foundation and our school community we achieved our goal and our new suite was opened in May 2019.

United Carlton kindly hosted a ‘Top Gun’ themed fundraising event at Close House in which to promote our cause. School fundraising events included JumpArena, Dunston Gala, Summer Fayre to name but a few. With their support together, we have successfully:

  • provide better chances in life for 460 pupils and over 300 families
  • created a community hub to improve the basic skills and job opportunities of our families
  • prepare our children for the transition to higher education and the IT literacy required
  • improve the confidence of our families to support their child(ren)’s education through parent/carer workshops and assist them to protect them while surfing online.