AN OPTICIANS in Royal Wootton Bassett has donated a tablet device to St Bartholomew’s Primary Academy to help pupils with who have visual impairments.

Haine and Smith Opticians staff hope the gift will have a positive impact on learning and inclusion in classroom activities.

The school had been advised that tablets offer great low vision technology that can assist with children’s learning and promote independence.

Practice manager at the business Lisa Hall visited the school to present the tablet and find out about its benefits to the classroom. Following a tour of the academy, she said: ”I am so impressed with the ethos of St Bartholomew’s, it has a very caring atmosphere and staff and children alike clearly believe in their motto: ‘Hand in hand we learn, we grow, we soar.’”

Teacher Charlotte Shiles said: “We are so grateful for this incredible donation to our school. It is such a valuable resource to support our children with visual impairments and other children too, aiding them through audio description, dictation tools and accessibility to a wider range of resources.”

The Haine and Smith’s Charitable Trust has invested invest back into the community since 1985 and has helped a variety of causes including schools, care homes and hospitals.